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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.

Enhancing Care and Service

Palliative Care Pathway
The Pathway has been implemented across Covenant Health's continuing care facilities with the goal of improving care in the last hours to days of life. The Palliative Institute is in the process of assesssing the impact of this tool by conducting personal interviews with familty members of individuals who have died while on the the Palliative Care Pathway. The Pathway will next be introduced in Covenant Health's Misericordia and Grey Nuns Community acute care hospitals. 

Advance Care Planning & Goals of Care Designation
The Palliative Insititute supports the training of Covenant Health front line caregivers to better prepare them for discussions with patients and familers around goals of care. The Insitute is also working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) on developing a provincial approach to Advanced Care Planning so that patients' wishes are heard at end of life. 

Patient and family education
The Palliative Institute is identifying "best available" sources for information on end-of-life resources and knowledge for dissemination. The Institute also works collaboratively with Alberta Health Services on designing their palliative and end-of-life care websites with the goal to provide consistent and current information on end-of-life care, for both patients and front-line caregivers. 

Learning Pathways
Covenant Health is committed to providing consistent, high quality palliative care to patients across our care system. A Covenant-wide needs assessment of nurses' palliative care attitudes, knowledge and skill will help us identify key themes and areas of learning needs. Learning "pathways" for each care area - for example, acute medicine, surgery, or emergency - will expand the palliative care skill set across all our areas of interface and care in Covenant Health.