Hospice Quinte has received a $25,000 gift from the Provincial Government’s ‘Ontario Senior Community Grant Program’ enabling the organization to expand its caregiver support services. Thanks to this special funding, Hospice Quinte is now offering a pilot program featuring supportive counselling services for caregivers, in addition to its existing peer support program, to further assist those who are caring for a terminally ill loved one during these extraordinary times.
“We are incredibly grateful to receive this much needed support from the Province of Ontario,” says Jennifer May-Anderson, Executive Director of Hospice Quinte. “The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted our organization, our volunteers and our clients. We have seen a rise in caregiver burnout and the need for supportive counselling during this difficult time. Now, with thanks to this funding, we are able to expand our existing program and better serve the community by adding supportive counselling for caregivers to our suite of services.”
Hospice Quinte’s Community Hospice Coordinator will support clients who are caring for a terminally ill loved one. Clients’ needs will be assessed and supportive counselling and resources will be provided. Caregivers will then be transitioned to Hospice Quinte’s ‘Caregiver Companion’ program. In this program, caregivers are matched with a trained volunteer who will provide weekly phone support sessions for up to 12 months. The pilot program ends on June 30, 2021.
“We know that meaningful interaction with loved ones can make a world of difference in the quality of living at end of life or when fighting illness, but we’re also aware that caregiving can take a toll on those who provide that needed support,” says Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “By helping caregivers through that process, this Hospice Quinte pilot program can improve care. I’m pleased our government was able to provide funding to expand this service.”
To find out more or to access Hospice Quinte’s Supportive Caregiver Counseling Program, call the Hospice Quinte office at 613-966-6610 ext. 229 or click here.