Palliative care is improving, but PEI must embrace wishes of the dying

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More than 17 per cent of the Island’s 140,000 people are over 65, compared to just over 15 per cent for the country as a whole. In five years, the provincial figure will be 20 per cent; in 25 years, it will be 30. Those figures in a largely rural population are a challenge for Mireille Lecours, palliative-care medical consultant for the province. She has made great strides in improving palliative care by supporting dying patients at home, in community-care facilities, as inpatients in palliative-care units and especially in long-term-care facilities. “Those are people’s homes,” she says. “They should be centres of excellence for palliative care.”

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