Challenging Issues Panel
September 20th, 2019
10:15 — 11:45
INTEGRATING ARTS INTO HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE
Bev Foster, Executive Director, Room 217 Foundation
- Martha Nixon, Visual Artist, May Court Hospice, Ottawa
- Sarah Pearson, Music Therapist – Palliative Care, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener
- Hartley Jafine, Drama/Improv Practitioner-Pedagogue – Health Sciences, McMaster University
This panel will present the case for integrating arts more formally into hospice palliative care. The arts have long been used in various ways in end of life care, including through community groups, volunteers, and clinical arts-based therapies. No centralized best practices have yet been discussed at the national HPC level about the role of the arts. As evidence-based research into the efficacy of arts-initiatives in HPC grow, and as social care becomes a greater priority in medical communities, this conversation is timely.
The session will illuminate the importance of the arts in HPC, highlight the aspect of community participation afforded by the prioritizing of the arts, and identify the risks using the arts in care, as well as the opportunities and threats in setting a national standard for the role of arts in HPC.
- Understanding the current role of the arts in HPC in Canada.
- Becoming familiar with the various ways that the arts can be delivered in HPC, including international examples
- Recognize opportunities and risks involved in integrating the arts into care more formally.