Ian's Walk for End of Life Care 2015

OTTAWA, May 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Thursday, May 21st, Ian Bos will embark on a cross-country walk in memory of his late father, Ted Bos to raise awareness and funds for palliative care societies across Canada, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), and the provincial palliative care associations.

Bos' father was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2014. After unsuccessful treatment and surgery, he was referred to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. There, Bos and his father met with Dr. Gerald Farrell and Rhonda Langille, RN who, according to Bos, listened intently to his father's symptoms, fears and frustrations and responded with respect, empathy and support.

"[The Aberdeen Palliative Care Society] gave us confidence and support we needed as a family to care for him while also giving him the ability to maintain his independence," said Bos.

Bos added that they managed his father's pain along the trajectory of his illness and provided psychosocial support to Bos' entire family. Bos said they continued to check up on his mother three months after his father had passed away.

Bos was subsequently inspired to walk across Canada in honour of the service his father received and in order to engage fellow Canadians in a conversation about end-of-life care and help raise funds to support it.

According to the National Fact Sheet by the CHPCA, only one in three Canadians have access to hospice/palliative care.[a] "Few of us think about it until we need it," Bos said.

The National Fact Sheet also states that hospice palliative care programs allow patients to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively, and they provide support to family caregivers.[b]

Bos hopes to raise $25,000 in total as he walks for five months beginning in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and finishing in Victoria, British Colombia in the fall.

For more information please visit http://chpca.convio.net/ianswalkforendoflifecare

You can follow Ian's journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ianswalk2015, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ianswalk2015 or by following the handle @ianswalk2015
For more information, please contact:
Tamir Virani
Communications Officer
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
1-800-668-2785 Ext. 229
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association -- the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada – is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened. The CHPCA operates in close partnership with other national organizations and continues to work to ensure that all Canadians, regardless of where they may live, have equal access to quality hospice palliative care services for themselves and their family.

[a] Canadian Institute for Health Information, Health Care Use at the End of Life in Western Canada (Ottawa: CIHI, 2007).

[b] Informal Caregivers are family members, loved ones, or friends and neighbours who provide support or care for the dying family member, loved one, or friend. A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: Based on National Principles and Norms of Practice (CHPCA, 2002) defines Informal Caregivers as, "not members of an organization. They have no formal training, and are not accountable to standards of conduct or practice. They may be family members or friends."