Project Description

Caregiver Support

Caregivers are truly invaluable; to the individuals they care for, to the communities they live in, and to Ontario’s health care system, providing almost 75% of all patient care.

Hospice Quinte recognizes that with these extra responsibilities, caregivers are experiencing increased stress and struggles with their own well being, even burnout and depression. Tired, frustrated, anxious and overwhelmed, caregivers need support themselves… now more than ever.

In order to provide as much support as we can at a safe distance, Hospice Quinte will now be offering Supportive Caregiver Counseling and Caregiver Companionship by telephone until social distancing is no longer required.

Supportive Counseling for Caregivers*

Hospice Quinte is pleased to offer compassionate and confidential Supportive Caregiver Counseling to individuals 18 years of age and over who are caring for a loved one with a terminal illness. This is a pilot program that runs until June 30, 2021.

Your needs will be assessed and after a series of supportive counseling sessions (offered over the phone) you will be matched with a trained volunteer. This volunteer “Caregiver Companion” will offer weekly supportive phone calls for up to 12 months while you are caring for your loved one.

Caregiver Companionship

Caregiver Companionship is available for individuals who are 18 years or older, living in Quinte, and are the primary caregiver of a family member, friend or neighbour who is terminally ill.

Caregiver Companionship will be provided by a Hospice Quinte volunteer. All volunteers have completed a 10-week Visiting Volunteer educational program and are trained to understand the unique needs of caregivers.  Your Caregiver Companion will offer weekly supportive phone calls for up to 12 months while you are caring for your loved one.

Cyber Caregiver Support Emails

Caregivers can also receive additional support from Hospice Quinte by signing up to receive our new bi-monthly Cyber Caregiver Support emails, which contain helpful tips, information and direct caregivers to valuable resources.

To sign-up to receive Hospice Quinte’s Cyber Caregiver Support emails or register for Caregiver Companionship, please contact Christina Brinklow, 613-966-6610 ext. 229 or

Hospice Quinte Volunteers
Hours of Care and Service
Patients, Family Members, and Loved Ones Served

What is Peer Support?

Peer support refers to help and assistance that is given to you by someone like you. Peers are not professionally trained counsellors or therapists, they are people like you who have experience providing care for an individual faced with a life-limiting illness and are trained to understand the unique needs of caregivers.

Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.


“The care of the dying demands all that we can do to enable patients to live until they die.”

–Dame Cicely Saunders