Hospice care in Moose Jaw?

Times-Herald Staff
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Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw sees a need for end-of-life care in our city.

The 11-member group is holding a public meeting May 7, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Heritage Inn to create awareness and discuss the next step.

“The whole thing is set up to get information to the community. There is lots of interest out there. We have already developed a program called “friends of the hospice” and we have a list of people who have lots of interest in this and want to become involved,” said David Howick, member of the committee. “We just want to spread that a little bit and make sure the community knows what we are doing.”

Presenting at the meeting will be Howick, who will discuss what care is available locally and Dr. Jonita Vanherden, a Moose Jaw general practitioner, who will be speaking about the need for a hospice in the medical community.

Howick told the Times-Herald he believes there is a definite need in Moose Jaw for hospice.

“I am on the palliative care team here in the health region and I don’t think there is a meeting that goes by that we don’t wish there was a hospice where this particular person could go to,” he said. “We have a couple right now where both the husband and wife both have cancer and are in palliative (care) and both of them don’t have family here. So, it would be nice to have a facility where they could be specially taken care of.”

For more information on the public meeting, contact David Howick at (306) 690-1436 or by email at david@heartlandhospice.ca.

Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.

Organizations: Heritage Inn, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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  • Cathy Stewart
    April 16, 2015 - 19:10

    after reading the article in the paper,I was disturbed to read the opinon of Amy in regards to the present palliative program.Stating in simple terms that palliative is very much pain management. this is not an informed, educated statement.Clearly Amy did not do her research or homework to arm herself with all the info.The palliative care provides sooo much more than pain management and it is offensive to hear it boiled down to one short statement in regards to one part of the palliative journey, misleading people to think that that is all the palliative care team focuses on.