Making An Impact
"I was admitted to the Hospice with many sores. The mattress I used had a pump that alternated pressure. After some time, the doctor told me my sores were starting to heal. My pain wasn’t as bad anymore. The mattress was very comfortable and when the pump alternated pressure it felt good on my back. I’m fortunate that the Hospice had these mattresses." — Pierrette, patient of Carefor Cornwall Hospice
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When Telelink was launched in 2013, cancer patient Terrence Quickfall told CBC’s Cory O’Kelly:
“The analogy is we are taking the care to the patients instead of taking the patients to the care. Then they are making sure they are getting the very best expertise available, in the best possible way. And I think it is fantastic.”
The OutCare Foundation raises money for palliative care, but where does it actually go? Over $1.75 million has gone into the Eastern Ontario’s palliative care system, meeting the needs of the community. Since the funding priorities are set in consultation with palliative care providers , all of that money has gone where the need is greatest. New program – bringing care to the patient Telelink connects to 13 palliative care sites to the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), enabling knowledge-sharing from health professionals across the province. Among other things, this allows to people receive the best possible care in their community, instead of having to travel to the city or elsewhere in Eastern Ontario for consultations, tests, etc. Learn more about the benefits of this system. New equipment – providing the tools needed to deliver care and comfort
“I couldn’t manage without it [an easi-lift chair]. It gives me some independence at home; I couldn’t get as comfortable as I can without the chair helping me up and down. I would be quite anxious without it and I would worry about falling.” Wendy V., patient of Dundas County Hospice
One of the greatest needs of palliative care providers is for equipment to help them help others. Here are some examples of equipment paid for by OutCare donors:
- Hospice call-bell system
- Ceiling-mounted lifts
- Comfort mattresses
- Wheelchairs and walkers
- Massage tables
- Residential rooms refresh
- Interior furnishing
New education Besides the training that Telelink can provide (learn more), the OutCare Foundation has also invested in educating both healthcare professionals and the public.
- 172 volunteers and student bursaries offered
- “It’s All About the Conversation” speaker series on Advanced Care Planning
- An additional 39 presentations on Advanced Care Planning to the public
“One participant in the It’s All About the Conversations program shared that she got the reassurance that she needed to continue to support her father. Thanks to the discussions during this Advance Care Planning series, she has the confidence to encourage her siblings to do what is necessary to honour their father and ensure his wishes, values, and beliefs are maintained.” Nadine Valk, Executive Director of the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program
Your donations will be used for the items below. Make your donation today to help improve palliative care across Eastern Ontario! Designate your gift to one or more of the priorities below.
|Items Needed||Cost||Number||Additional Information|
|Virtual Reality Pilot Project||$35,000||4||Equipment and support to offer virtual reality experiences to day hospice clients at 4 sites|
|Beds and Mattresses||$26,135||8||For beds and specialized mattresses to offer comfort to patients in residential hospice and to loan to people in their homes.|
|Mobility Equipment||$24,000||13||For ceiling-mounted lifts, wheelchairs and transfer devices and chairs for patients in residential hospice and to loan to people in their homes.|
|Comfort Items||$10,400||23||For a sleep sofa to enable family members to stay the night in residential hospice and for specialized cushions that offer comfort to patients.|
|Renovations||$6,497||1||To residential hospices to create more spaces for patients and family members to enjoy.|
|Bursaries and Training for Volunteers||$5,000||36||To recognize palliative care volunteers and to provide special training.|
|Furnishing||$1000||1||To furnish outdoor spaces for patients in residential hospice to enjoy.|
|Therapy Programs||$962||3||Training for volunteers to deliver music and art therapy and a making memories program to support patients in their homes.|
|Medical Equipment||$599||1||Otoscope for residential hospice|
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Carefor Hospice Pembroke
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