On Feb. 7 and 8, a first time, two-day special course called the Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End-of-Life Care (LEAP) was offered in Barry’s Bay at the Opeongo Seniors Centre.
About 24 community members dedicated their time to learn how they can help others diagnosed with incurable diseases.
Since 2002, Pallium Canada has, with a network of academic health leaders and skilled community-practitioners offered the LEAP course.
However, only recently has the LEAP course been revamped to offer knowledge based around a standardized approach to enhancing palliative care in Canada, with tailored modules for palliative care specialties.
The Madawaska Valley is one of the first communities to have the taken part in the new course and for good reason, José Luis Pereira, professor and head for the palliative care division for the University of Ottawa/medical chief of palliative medicine for the Bruyere Contining Care and the Ottawa Hospital, as well this weekend’s co-facilitator said.
“This region and the Madawaska Valley are taking unique approaches and steps to training and to offer hospice services,” Pereira explained.
Pereira went on to say he was astounded at the level of community dedication and support witnessed at the recent LEAP course on Feb. 7 and 8.
“There were doctors, nurses, pharmacists, so many people from so many walks of life who came out to participate,” he said. “This community can certainly rest assured it has the most dedicated healthcare professionals and community members working towards enhancing their skill sets to help others in need of palliative care.”
Ultimately, this is precisely what the two-day, new course aimed to offer.
“It’s about improving end of life care,” Pereira said. “And improving and learning new skills which will be helpful to those diagnosed with incurable diseases.”
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