Chow says that her family had exceptional 24 hour palliative care throughout her husband Jack Layton’s battle with cancer. She explained that they had nurses providing personal care in their home- helping to control pain and helping to prepare the family about what to expect when Layton’s final hours would come. Chow acknowledges that her family was very lucky and that palliative care remains inaccessible for many Canadians – particularly in rural areas. She encouraged the federal government to take initiative on the issue of palliative care by partnering with provinces to develop a national care strategy and provide financial support. Chow says that with only 48 per cent of respondents to a 2011 survey feeling there is adequate support for patients and families, too many families are being left in the shadows.
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