Hospice Quinte has received the “green light” to resume in-home visits with patients engaged in their Visiting Hospice service beginning on February 10th, 2021. Under the new provincial COVID-19 framework, Hospice Quinte volunteers will be able to perform in-home visits in zones of any colour except grey (lockdown). In-person bereavement support groups will continue to be on hold until further notice.
All volunteers will follow Hospice Quinte’s Infection Prevention & Control Policy when volunteering. In addition, both the client and the volunteer will undergo COVID-19 screening, and volunteers will wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
Hospice Quinte will also continue to provide Supportive Bereavement Counselling (until March 31,2021), Bereavement Companionship, and Caregiver Companionship services by telephone.
Supportive Bereavement Counselling is available to individuals (18+) living in the Quinte region, who have experienced the loss of a loved one within the past 3 years. Eligible individuals can receive up to 6 one-hour telephone sessions with Hospice Quinte’s Bereavement Support Specialist, Christina Brinklow, at absolutely no-cost.
Hospice Quinte will continue to monitor the situation. The organization will use information available from Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, the Ministry of Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization to guide decisions.