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

To learn more about how your donations are making a difference, please see our annual reports:

2016 Report – Rapport 2016
2015 ReportRapport 2015
2014 ReportRapport 2014
2013 Report
2012 Report

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 $1.6M 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
  • Beds
  • 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.

  • 176 volunteers and student bursaries offered
  • “It’s All About the Conversation” speaker series on Advanced Care Planning
  • An additional 24 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 NeededCostNumber Additional Information
Therapeutic Bathtub$26,5451For patients in residential hospice.
Sleep Chairs$22,06812For family members to stay in residence.
Beds, Comfort Mattresses & Cushions$11,9326For residential hospice and equipment loan programs.
Furnishing & Equipment$9,8955Furnishing for day hospice and bereavement programs and air conditioning units for residential hospice.
Multi-Purpose Shower Chairs$9,0009For patients in residential hospice.
Mobility Equipment$5,9913Ceiling lifts, chair lifts and walkers for patients using day hospice programs, and to lend to people in their homes.
Medical Equipment$5,0002An otoscope and a CADD pump for residential hospice.
Bursaries for Volunteers$3,00024To recognize palliative care volunteers with an educational bursary for the annual palliative care education days.
Music Therapy$2,65911Training for 11 volunteers to deliver music therapy to support patients in their homes
Massage & Reiki Therapy$2,6553Equipment to offer therapy to day hospice & residential hospice.
Training for Volunteers$2,00010Training for 10 home-visiting program volunteers.

Donations will support the organizations listed below.

Beth Donovan Hospice

Carefor Cornwall Hospice

Carefor Hospice Pembroke

Dundas County Hospice

Hospice Care Ottawa

Hospice Renfrew

Hub Hospice Palliative Care

Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care

Diane Morrison Hospice (Ottawa Mission)

Roger Neilson House

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Donate to support palliative care across Eastern Ontario.

Donate to ensure palliative care is there you when need it.

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Did You Know?

An estimated 90% of us will need palliative care.

Only an estimated 30% of those who need palliative care can access it.

Most of us wish to die in home yet at least 50% of deaths still occur in hospitals.