Last Friday, Hospice Quinte launched what the organization is calling Operation Cheer, a new initiative spearheaded by Hospice Quinte staff to spread a little cheer across the Quinte Region.

Care packages were delivered to 32 individuals at home, in hospital and long-term care who are currently receiving support through Hospice Quinte’s Visiting Hospice program.

The care packages were carefully crafted for each client. They contained essential items that were generously donated by McKesson’s Canada (Trenton), like hand sanitizer, personal hygiene products and meal replacement beverages, along with some items that are good for the soul, like World’s Finest Chocolates, Fowler’s Glen Maple Syrup and a beautiful plant from Dahlia May Flower Farm.

“Our goal was to show our clients that we are still here for them and thinking of them through these challenging times of social distancing”, says Jan MacInnes, Visiting Services Coordinator for Hospice Quinte. “It’s been difficult, being the caring organization that we are and having the compassionate team that we do, to suspend our in-home visits, but protecting the individuals we support, our volunteers, staff, and communities is always our number one priority”.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person delivery of Hospice Quinte’s Visiting Hospice and Bereavement Support programs have been suspended, but the organization has made some recent changes to ensure vital programs and services remain uninterrupted for those who require support. Hospice Quinte will now be offering Peer Telephone Bereavement Support, Peer Telephone Caregiver Support and providing additional support to caregivers through new bi-monthly Cyber Caregiver Support emails.

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