Archive for month: June, 2013

A Purposeful End

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Dr. Patricia Boston, clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, at a beach on Bowen Island.

Bowen Island Undercurrent
Published: June 24, 2013 12:00 PM

Despite the advances in drug treatment and exemplary practices in western society, palliative and hospice care remains a mystery to most, often viewed with fear and apprehension by both the general public and health care professionals as a place of abandonment and hopelessness.

Faces of Palliative Care challenges these preconceptions of the end of life experience and illustrates a changing world of palliative care through a series of personal stories about the collaboration between families, caregivers, and those suffering with a life limiting illness. It answers questions about how palliative differs from other areas of medicine, how it is delivered and how patients can access end of life care.

Bowen Island resident, Dr. Patricia Boston, clinical professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and Douglas Nicolle, head of Telehealth and Media Services for St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care, co-produced the documentary for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Faces of Palliative Care provides a definitive look at current palliative care practices in British Columbia.

“Palliative care programs can give a purposeful end of life to those faced with life-limiting illness. Faces of Palliative Care examines the current and exemplary palliative care practice available to assist patients and their families in achieving comfortable and meaningful end of life experiences when circumstances set end of life decisions in motion,” explains Dr. Patricia Boston.

Two years in production, the video was shot in various facilities in and around Metro Vancouver, like the Vancouver General Hospital, Marion Hospice, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Richmond Hospital Palliative Care Unit and The Rotary Salvation Army Hospice in Richmond.

Faces of Palliative Care will be aired on BC CBC on June 29 at 7 p.m. as part of the Absolutely Vancouver summer series of documentaries.

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Caring Circle a Great Resource

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Published: June 20, 2013 2:00 PM

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Dear Editor,
On Saturday, I visited the Caring Circle’s open house. What a wonderful group of thoughtful individuals they are to have created a much needed and necessary resource on Bowen Island. I personally think that it is one of the best things to have happened on Bowen in the seven years that John and I have had the privilege to call Bowen Island our home.
Thank you all, dear Caring Circle volunteers, so very much for being so very great.

Jeanie Seward-Magee

“It is one of the best things that has happened on Bowen Island in the past seven years!”

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Left to right: Elizabeth Storrey, Bud Massender, Diane Marshall, Jack Adelaar, Marion Adelaar, Colleen O’Neil and Sally Molina

“It is one of the best things that has happened on Bowen Island in the past seven years,” was just one of the many positive comments made at the Caring Circle Resource Centre Open House on June 15, 2013.
More than thirty people joined in the celebration. Many provided support for our current initiatives and brought forth additional insights such as the following:

a) addressing accessibility issues on/off the ferry- providing a wheelchair on the car deck to allow transport to the lounge by elevator

b) becoming more familiar with how the ambulance and fire services operate; what they provide and how the dispatch system works
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Open House – this Saturday, June 15 10am – 2pm at the Resource Centre

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Come and meet our team and find out what we’re doing!

Please drop in to the Caring Circle Health Resource Centre this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our first Open House. Meet some of the volunteers who have been working to improve health care on Bowen Island and hear about some of our plans as we move on down this road. We’ll have some snacks and give you a tour of the space and you can check out some of our resources.

We’re at #203 / 992 Dorman Road (between the video store and the Village Baker).

My Voice – Talk/workshop this Friday June 14th from 11 – 1 p.m. at Bowen Court

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My Voice Workshop Friday June 14

Caring Circle is hosting a talk/workshop this Friday June 14th from 11 – 1 p.m. at Bowen Court. We are delighted to have a representative come to Bowen, who has been educating residents on the North Shore about the Ministry of Health’s “My Voice – Expressing my Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment” workbook, which is a new provincial guide for advance care planning. This is a tool for any age that can be used to capture your thoughts and intentions for your health if you were “incapable of expressing your treatment wishes to health care providers”. The guide/workbook will be available at the workshop for $5 or by donation to Caring Circle. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sleep Apnea Machine Available

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sleepApneaCaring Circle has been donated a sleep apnea machine – a very expensive piece of equipment. If you’re in the market for one, we would be happy to pass this on for a donation to Caring Circle. Email: Caring Circle at

Record Your Health Choices

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Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment
Advance Care Planning Guide

Bowen Island Undercurrent
Published: June 07, 2013 1:00 PM

Navigating the healthcare system can often be a confusing, daunting task. Knowledge and support are critical to deciding best-care options when we or our loved ones become vulnerable. The Caring Circle Resource Centre is a grass-roots organization aimed at providing education, resources and support, helping people to bridge the gap between illness and health and remain vital, active members of our community.

Two upcoming events will highlight the work of the organization. On June 14, a My Voice session is designed to help participants to determine and record their personal wishes concerning health care decisions. And an open house is planned for June 15.

“With the support of a generous donation from Dee Elliott, the Caring Circle has purchased 100 copies of the Ministry of Health’s My Voice – An Advance Care Planning Guide, which is a legal document that will assist people, if incapacitated, to express their wishes for future health care treatment,” said Caring Circle coordinator Colleen O’Neil. “Because the document is somewhat complicated, an educator from the North Shore who has been working with this document and community members for quite a while, will be available to explain the jargon and legal terms. This is a tremendous resource for community members who want to ensure that if they are unable to express their treatment wishes to health care providers, they can refer to My Voice documents that have been recorded in advance.”

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