After receiving some funding, the Palliative Care Committee in Kindersley is organizing palliative care training for the community.

Sharon Butt is a Member of the Palliative Care Committee in Kindersley and is also a LPN at the Kindersley and District Health Centre.

"There's been a lot of desire to have extra palliative care training in Kindersley for some time, from both our physicians and nursing staff." Butt said it was the experience at another hospital that sparked the start of the committee, "My mother passed away very suddenly last March. She was airlifted to Calgary and was in the ICU for a couple of days. The care there was second to none and I felt we could offer so much more after watching the staff there."

She added that her family was offered grief counseling, comforting amenities and other care. "It came evident that all of them basically had taken this Pallium Canada Course, which is considered the gold standard across Canada."

While she does believe Kindersley gives great care to their patients, there's always ways to improve and do better.

The Palliative Care Committee was established shortly after that, in 2018. It consists of five members, including three health care professionals, one retired registered nurse and one representative from the Kindersley Ministerial Association. While the committee does work closely with the Saskatchewan Health Association, the two are not affiliated with each other.

"The groundwork of what we hope to accomplish with this committee, is training for our physicians, health care workers, members of the community that play an important role," Butt said they are also offering the training to pharmacists, mental health professionals, the West Central Crisis Centre and psychologists in the community.

"Pallium Canada doesn't focus on end of life, it focuses on the entire process - from the diagnosis of a life ending disease to end of life and beyond, " Butt said they will have two instructors come in to teach the program 'LEAP'.

'LEAP' stands for Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care. The two day training will take place February 9th and 10th.

The Kindersley and District Wellness Foundation (KDHWF) provided funding for the palliative care training.

Butt believes this will be a big step forward in improving the local health care system, "I think the long term benefits, we'll be able to offer the community a much more inclusive care for people dealing with chronic illnesses and palliative patients as well. We're going to also be able to let the community know what services are available to them from diagnosis to end of life. That's our big picture."

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