Caring for a loved one with a life limiting illness is difficult, regardless of how trained you are for the job or how much patience you’ve acquired over the years. It’s emotionally and physically draining, yet you’re committed to helping your loved one feel as healthy and comfortable as possible. That’s where Community Home Support Lanark County’s hospice palliative care services and volunteers can help.
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Our hospice palliative care services and volunteers are available to you. Talking with someone other than your loved one or your family and friends can be helpful. We can give you an experienced, unbiased viewpoint and we won’t judge you for any feelings of resentment.
Visiting volunteers take the time to spend social time with clients and give their caregivers a break. The day hospice program is a safe and comfortable space where clients of all ages come to share similar experiences and connect. A meal and a game of cards or a sympathetic ear with a friend who doesn’t need an explanation can be a welcome relief.
A long-time hospice palliative care volunteer with us has taken courses and training for nearly 40 years! She happened across the palliative care path unexpectedly when she discovered a friend was suffering in distress with a life-limiting illness and had no one to help. Many of our volunteers have stories like this. Many stumbled into the field of care through helping a friend or family member and then continued on volunteering, knowing their experience and training will help others.
As for our 40 year trained veteran… She began her journey by helping her friend and then continued on to become a palliative care nurse, a bereavement counsellor, a home visitor, a hospice professional and now, in retirement, a hospice volunteer! We’re grateful to work with such a knowledgable and caring volunteer.
Forty years ago, the first comprehensive palliative care program in the international community was initiated at McGill University’s Royal Victoria Hospital. The world looked to Canada as an innovator, not only as a pioneer. Courses were offered, and palliative care units were established.
Perth and Smiths Falls once had a dedicated and funded palliative team, but, as budgets were frozen and staff left, the services disappeared. Now, thanks to community involvement, palliative care is available in both the Perth and Smiths Falls hospital campuses and volunteer services of hospice palliative care have developed. CHSLC provides day hospice, bereavement support, a resource centre as well as a volunteer visiting service. The South East Local Health Integration Network provides approximately 50% funding the other 50% required to operate the services comes from donations and fundraising events.
That’s why we hold events like our annual Hike for Hospice coming May 1st. If you’re interested in participating or donating to the event through a monetary donation or volunteer services, contact us at (613) 267-6400 or visit our Hike for Hospice page.