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After a year of stakeholder consultation, the province released a report outlining challenges facing Alberta’s palliative and end-of-life care system alongside a grant program to fund improvements.
Chaired by Dan Williams, UCP MLA for Peace River, the report tables four recommendations to help advance palliative and end-of-life care in Alberta, including:
- having primary and continuing care providers grant earlier access opportunities for those diagnosed with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition;
- integrating more training about the palliative approach into health care and allied service provider entry-level and continuing professional development;
- expanding community supports and services, such as grief and bereavement services for caregivers; and
- investing in research and innovation to establish more care pathways for the transition between chronic disease management and palliative care.
In September 2020, the province said it would invest $20 million into initiatives supporting palliative and end-of-life care. According to the province, almost $9 million has been spent to improve education for health professionals and community hospice care projects.
Citizens in the southern Alberta city have been sent out of town or to the ER in recent months
Paul Stevenson has lived in Lethbridge, Alta., off and on, for around five decades.
His wife, who at 73 years old has serious health concerns, has lived in the community her entire life. In that time, she has never been without a family doctor — until the last few months.
Recently, Stevenson’s wife was sent to the emergency room for care. The doctor there told her that her condition may worsen and that she needed to speak with her doctor to follow up. Her reply was: “I have no doctor to go to.”
“I would say both my wife and I have had sleepless nights over it. I mean, you worry a lot,” Stevenson said.
“It’s not too harsh to say it’s terrifying. There’s nobody there right now, for her or for me, to advocate for what we need.”
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