The Province has awarded 25 organizations with grants for palliative and end of life care.
Health Minister Jason Copping says the government is hoping to improve access.
"We're funding organizations like the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association who will develop and implement a volunteer training program for rural hospice societies," he says. "This is a way we can support care closest to home."
Foothills Country hospice near Okotoks is among the groups that have received funding to expand capacity by developing community based palliative care supports and programs to meet the needs of caregivers, volunteers and community members.
"These grants will help provide more and better palliative care, ensuring Albertans diagnosed with a life-limiting illness are treated with compassion and respect. We're delivering on a promise we made to Albertans in 2019 as part of our larger commitment to strengthen our publicly funded health system. We're thankful for the health-care providers, researchers, educators, community organizations and volunteers that make compassionate care a truly whole of society effort," said Copping.
- More than $1.9 million to support four projects that advance earlier access to palliative and end-of-life care.
- Almost $4.2 million for eight projects to expand community supports and services.
- More than $4.1 million for 10 projects to improve health-care provider and caregiver education and training.
- Just over $1.1 million for three projects for research and innovation.