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Happy Spring!
The flowers are out in our garden, the Star Magnolia is in bloom, and we have managed to clean up our outbuildings. Triumph. This is spring in Victoria.

This past few months we focused on finishing of the new resource for nurses. I like to say that I wrote this text specifically for Practical Nurses, but that it is also a practical resource for Registered Nurses.

The content, the art, the layout... hmm... truly it is becoming delicious and digestible. We look forward to launching the new resource this summer! Stay tuned!
As Advance Care Planning Day arrives in Canada, and .... globally, it seems like the most perfect time to provide our favorite tools to help with this process in your personal and professional life.

We put together a great blog post that you can read here, forward to family and friends, and share the resources with those you care for.
I have two favorite stories of ACP ideas... the first is the brainstorm of our great assistant Kim who came up with the idea of Care Planning Cookies. In the blog she shares a fabulous plan which Renfrew Victoria Hospital came up with. Brilliant!

The Care Planning Cookies are now available in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese, and there are 2 different message sets to choose from!
In honour of ACP day, we are launching a CONTEST... To the person who submits the most “creative” way to use the Care Planning Cookies to get the conversations started in your facility or organization, we will gift with a box of 300 Care Planning Cookies! CLICK HERE TO ENTER

If we get  more than two equally fabulous and creative ideas, then we will simply put the names in a hat and pull the winner.....
All the best in conversations!

- Kath

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Who do you know who is a family caregiver?


April 5th is an important day in Canada, it is National Caregivers Day!

A CARER (also referred to as caregiver or family caregiver) is a person who takes on an unpaid caring role for someone who needs help because of a physical or cognitive condition, an injury or a chronic life-limiting illness.

On the first Tuesday of April, Canadians come together to recognize family members, friends, neighbours and other significant people who take on a caring role to support someone with a diminishing physical ability, a debilitating cognitive condition or a chronic life-limiting illness.  Known as National Family Caregiver Day or National Carer Day, this special day encourages all Canadians to pay tribute and recognize the valuable contribution of family caregivers to our lives and our society as a whole.

In 2015, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition celebrated National Family Caregiver Day on April 7.  Our theme was Care & Work: A Balancing Act in recognition of the 6.1 million Canadians who must balance their personal commitments, caregiving duties and work responsibilities. Check their site for the facts about caregiving, the numbers, the costs, the incredible support they provide!

In BC we are so fortunate to have the BC Family Caregivers Network. With Barbara McLean at the head, they provide education, (newsletters, workshops, webinars, lunch and learn sessions), provide one on one sessions, help people navigate, and advocate for family caregivers.

You can also share your caregiving photos and stories on the Caregiving Family Tree (Family Caregivers of BC)

What are the services in your community for families?
Who do you know who is caring for family members? 

Prepare to do something special on April 5th, and for that matter, prepare to do something regularly for caregivers!

Advance Care Planning Day in Canada, and National Healthcare Decisions Day in the USA, is quickly approaching. On April 16, 2016, it’s time to speak up – and have discussions with friends and family members about your wishes for end-of-life. Read more...

Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness. Visit their website to get started..
Don't take chances!
The 5 steps to Advance Care Planning - a Speak Up campaign. Download the Speak Up Campaign Kit here

Life and Death Matters Care Planning Cookies are edible cookies with a message inside, each one intended to stimulate conversations about living well and dying well.
Order yours by April 6th in order to receive them by Advance Care Planning Day 2016.
Simple, but amazing video on advance care planning. Gracefully explains why it matters for ALL of us. Please visit and take action on April 16 (National Healthcare Decisions Day) and be sure your family, friends, colleagues, associations, etc. do the same. Your decisions matter. 
Our mission is to create resources that help front line caregivers, including Personal Support Workers (also known as Health Care Assistants, Nursing Assistants and Hospice Aides), provide excellent care for the dying person and their family.

If you are new to hospice palliative care then we hope that the website, newsletter, videos and podcast library will provide you with a foundation of understanding.  If you are experienced in hospice palliative care, we hope that you can use these resources to support, teach and mentor your colleagues.

If you are an educator we hope that the materials will reinforce what you know, and that the Instructors Guide will help you prepare education sessions that will stimulate your students learning, and facilitate you sharing from your rich experience while meeting the education standards and vocational learning outcomes.

Upcoming Conferences, Speaking Engagements and Events

HPCO 2016
April 17 - 19, 2016
Toronto, ON, Canada
Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario where renowned industry experts and leaders come together to share cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise with like-minded system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line practitioners from across the health care spectrum.
We’ll be there!

2016 CLPNA Conference
April 27 - 29, 2016
Edmonton, AB, Canada

2016 marks 30 years of self-regulation for the Licensed Practical Nurse profession in Alberta.
That's a generation of LPNs governing LPNs; developing our own practice, registration, and conduct. What an opportunity to reflect on where our profession has come from and where we are going! Changes encountered through our history and those on their way. As trends in demographics and technology impact every health professional, let's learn from those who have been there through the decades, evolving for today and tomorrow.
We’ll be there!

Geriatric Refresher Day - 30th Annual Event
May 4, 2016
London Convention Centre in London, ON, Canada
This will be the 30th Annual Geriatric Refresher Day! Come by the booth and chat about your education needs. Pick up some Care Planning Cookies for your staff!
We’ll be there!

13th Annual Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators (CACCE) Conference
May 12-13, 2016
Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina, SK, Canada
This years theme is Educating for Success Beyond the Classroom.
We’ll be there!

If you would like to connect with Kath Murray when she's in your area, or are interested in a campus visit, please drop us an email

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