By Sharon Kaasalainen and Tamara Sussman comfort care, End of life, End of life care, health initiative, healthcare, long-term care, measure of health, measure of special needs, seniors
Many people have been faced with having to make critical decisions for family and friends who were at the end of their lives. This can create a great deal of stress and burden as family members try to navigate the social and health care systems and succumb to their own impending loss and grief. A […]
By John Muscedere advanced care planning, End of life, End of life care, frailty, seniors
Kicking off the New Year is a good time to put the task of making your end-of-life wishes at the top of your to-do list.
By Michelle Howard advanced directive, Canada's healthcare sytem, Canadian healthcare system, dépression, Doctor, Elderly, End of life, End of life care, family, health
Canadians likely had many important conversations with their loved ones over the holidays, but probably most didn’t talk about what should happen in the event they could no longer speak or make medical decisions for themselves.
By James Downar and John Muscedere cancer, chronic illness, elderly patients, End of life, End of life care, Health care in Canada, medication, Pharmaceutical, seniors, terminally ill patients, unpaid caregivers
Our healthcare system remains focused on acute – emergency — care and the “therapeutic imperative” to fix everything we can fix when a patient is ill. But when someone is approaching the end of life, this approach may no longer be what the patient and their families need or want most.
By Harvey Max Chochinov and Balfour M. Mount assisted suicide, autonomy, dying in Canada, End of life, euthanasia, Medical Aid in Dying, pain management, palliative care, physician hastened death, Quebec, terminal illness, terminally ill patients, tiredness of life
This week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. With this impending ruling and the passing of Bill 52 in Quebec (Medical Aid in Dying) and rumblings from parliament of another private members bill on assisted suicide, Canada is at a crossroads.