“The word ‘palliative’ means nothing to them. It’s a western word,” explained Althea Martin-Risden, director of health promotion with Rexdale Community Health Centre. “The community is so diverse. That’s why information is so important to them. Part of our goal today is to present them information so they can make the best possible decision when they need to.”
That was residents’ overwhelming feedback Monday to Rexdale Community Health Centre, during a community consultation held to gauge Rexdale’s ethnocultural seniors and newcomers awareness of palliative services, the relevance of existing services to them, and what services would benefit them. Dorothy Ley Hospice and Bethell Hospice in Inglewood, Ont. partnered on the event.
Approximately 100 Rexdale residents attended Monday’s consultation, with translation provided in Tamil, Italian, Spanish and Punjabi. A second consultation session held Tuesday, also at Royal Celebrations Banquet Hall, expected residents from five different language groups: Somali, Tamil, Afghan, Spanish and west African languages.
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