Project Description

Caregiver Companionship

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 Caregiver Companionship by telephone until social distancing is no longer required.

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.

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.

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 Jan MacInnes, 613-966-6610 ext. 223 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