Health & Wellness
Researcher looks at how one rural community rallied together to support terminally ill residents.
Rural communities have to take the lead in giving their terminally ill residents a “good death” at home rather than relying solely on the government, says a University of Alberta expert.
It’s becoming a keenly felt issue for many small, under-resourced hamlets and towns hit by shrinking health care like doctor shortages and hospital closures, said U of A community planning researcher Kyle Whitfield.
“We aren’t planning ahead. We’re reacting—and we’re reacting much too slowly to the need that’s growing quickly.”RELATED: Helping seniors find their place in the community RELATED: Study finds high rates of hospital readmission out of home care for older adults
In a case study of one Alberta town, Whitfield found that volunteers had to take on the work of planning hospice care for their families, friends and neighbours to ...