PRESENTERS: Carol Owens, Debbie Sloss and Cecelia Grasser
WHEN: November 02nd, 2016 – 1 to 3 PM.
WHERE: McColgan Room, St. Joseph’s Motherhouse, 2025 Main Street West, North Bay ON, P1B 2X6.
Phone: 705-497-9239. Email: [email protected]
ATTENTION, LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE SEATS! Contact us to reserve your seats!
By phone: 705-497-9239. By email: [email protected]
Access to appropriate palliative care is a concern for many Canadian residents. We in North Bay and surrounding area are fortunate to have many options available to us, but we also face some hurdles to receiving good care. We offer an honest presentation about the challenges, but also about the precious time at the end of life. This session will make you aware of the community resources and support structures available to caregivers and their loved one who chooses to die at home. Learn about the organizations, agencies, services and volunteer networks in our community. It is not easy for anyone, but it can be more peaceful and dignified dying at home rather than in a busy, noisy hospital. If it is the wish of your loved one, the resources you learn here will help make it happen. Our three speakers have a wealth of experience in nursing and palliative care; each of them has supported many families through this vulnerable time.
- Presenters’ Biographies
Carol Owens worked as a community visiting nurse with the VON for almost 30 years in North Bay and surrounding areas. She had innumerable interesting experiences as a registered nurse “out in the field”, but found her deepest passion was in caring for her many palliative care clients and their caregivers. Her most rewarding career moments were in supporting them at their most vulnerable, and becoming intimately involved in their end-of-life journeys. She became a member of the Board of Directors at NNPCN, and their trainer for new volunteers following her retirement, as a way to continue to serve the palliative clients in the area and the loved ones who care for them.
Cecilia Grasser was a registered nurse with over 37 years of diversified experience in surgery, medicine, obstetrics, community health, telephone triage nursing, NECCAC case management and discharge planning at NBRHC before she retired in 2014. Her vast nursing experience, broad knowledge base and her great interest in palliative care make her a great resource for the Seniors Helping Seniors program.
Debbie Sloss is a retired registered nurse who worked most of her 35-year-career with the VON providing nursing care in the community. Her passion was to provide excellent palliative care to those who were diagnosed with a life limiting illness. That passion still is an interest even in retirement. She has many other interests, including her granddaughter, family, enjoying the outdoors, crafts, baking and travelling that also keep her very busy.