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The provincial government announced a new palliative care strategy May 6.
"We've heard from Nova Scotians who would prefer to spend their last days at home surrounded by family, if possible, rather than in a hospital," said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine.
"We are investing $1 million for the first year of this strategy to move toward a more integrated approach with health professionals and community organizations, and to focus more on patients' needs," he added in a media release. "These are first steps toward our ultimate goal of giving all Nova Scotians quality palliative care in the setting of their choice."
The province says the strategy includes establishing an advisory committee to guide implementation; hiring a provincial palliative care co-ordinator and additional palliative care team members in South Shore, Annapolis Valley and Capital district health authorities; recognizing palliative care and planning need to start when a patient is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, and adjust as the patient moves through stages of the illness. Funding is going to the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association to begin educating Nova Scotians and care providers on advance planning, the release said.