Published on Wed, 04/04/2012 by Canadian Virtual Hospice

On-line "How-to" Videos Help Family Caregivers


Canadian Virtual Hospice Launches Caregiving Video Series
on National Caregivers Day -- April 5, 2012

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- For Release April 3, 2012

In recognition of National Caregiver's Day, the Canadian Virtual Hospice has launched a series of 16 how-to videos to support family and professional caregivers with accessible instructions and visual demonstrations for common caregiving tasks. The videos walk viewers through step-by-step demonstrations on topics such as safely giving a bed bath and helping with bed and wheelchair transfers and giving medications. The videos are available on the Canadian Virtual Hospice website ( and and the Virtual Hospice YouTube channel ( and Vimeo (

"Family caregivers are the unsung heroes of our health care system -- providing daily care, often around-the-clock, to ill and dying family members, in what can be very stressful circumstances," said Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, Chair of Canadian Virtual Hospice and Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. "This video series will help both family and professional caregivers provide quality care that is safe for the caregiver and the patient," he noted.

"A national review of resources has shown a lack of accessible video clips demonstrating common caregiving tasks," said Shelly Cory, Executive Director of Canadian Virtual Hospice which spearheaded the series production. "Research has shown that access to trusted information is a priority for family providing care. Virtual Hospice is filling that pressing need with credible, bilingual educational materials available 24/7 on-line for all types of caregivers." The videos are also appropriate when providing care to those with chronic, physical or cognitive conditions. Health care workers who provide the intimacies of care to patients and support to family members in tertiary care facilities, long term care facilities, hospices and homes will also benefit from the video series.

The straightforward instructions include how to put the patient at ease, making the task easier for both the person receiving care and the person providing care. The Caregiving Video Series has been developed to respond to a broad set of caregiving circumstances.

Mouth care
Giving a bed bath
Repositioning someone in bed
Caring for the face
Caring for the hair
Making a bed with someone in it
Help with moving
Help with walking
Help with bed and wheelchair transfers
Giving medications: By mouth, Subcutaneously, By suppository, Sublingually, Absorbed through the skin, Intranasally, Applying Oxygen

Content for the Caregiving Video Series was developed by Clinical Nurse Specialists in palliative and end-of-life care with the Canadian Virtual Hospice and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, in consultation with community and occupational therapists and physiotherapists as well as clinical skills instructors at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing. Production of the Caregiving Video Series was made possible with financial investments by The Winnipeg Foundation, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and in kind contributions by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing, CancerCare Manitoba and the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Rana Respiratory and MediChair Winnipeg.

The videos are an accessible teaching tool for families as well as educators -- in Canada and around the world. DVD copies of the videos will be made available on request for a nominal fee.

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The Canadian Virtual Hospice ( and is Canada's leading online source for trusted, reliable and current information on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief. Recognized by the Canadian Association of Health Librarians as one of the best health websites in Canada, and as "exceptional" by international judges at the Health & Science Communications Association, the Virtual Hospice is visited every day by over 1,000 patients, families, friends, health care providers, educators, researchers, students and others with personal and professional interest in palliative care, from over 250 countries. Virtually everywhere, Virtual Hospice is physically located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is staffed by an award-winning multidisciplinary team of clinical experts who develop and vet website content and respond to questions on the site's unique "Ask a Professional" ( feature. The Caregiving Video Series joins over 100 other videos produced by Virtual Hospice and other stakeholders on life limiting illness, loss and grief. They can be accessed on The Gallery ( at the Canadian Virtual Hospice website.  

For further information contact:

Shelly Cory, Executive Director
Canadian Virtual Hospice
204-477-6285; 204-223-3596

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