Presented by: Mary Matthiesen, Lisa Deal
Hospices have significant experience around end of life issues, yet can find themselves isolated as solely ‘end of life’ providers in a community. Communities have the capacity to engage and reach the healthy, aging, advocates to become informed, start conversations, inform needs and support community-based care for our last days of living. Yet how can we begin to engage with the wider, healthy community to aid efforts to raise awareness and become engaged when most still aren’t holding conversations, have myths about hospice and palliative care and fear opening this wider conversation? What is our role?
Using an asset-based approach to community engagement around end of life issues delivered first in the UK and published in the BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care Journal, our hospice launched a pilot in two communities to learn how and if we could help to begin a partnership, participatory approach to wider awareness/education and compassionate community initiatives in our region.
Starting from Scratch workshop/presentation will engage participants in the background, process and steps we used to engage 30 community agencies, share the key themes identified by each as essential to reach a wider community, first steps taken as a result, and lessons we are learning as we continue this journey with our community partners.