Hospice palliative care in the home
Visiting volunteer program
Hospice Georgian Triangle offers a visiting volunteer program to allow your caregiver time to go out of your home and have private time for appointments, meeting with friends, or time alone. While your caregiver is out, the trained volunteer spends time with you and may help write letters, record your history or story (legacy projects) and work on a life review which could be a scrapbook of important life moments, making you feel valued and giving you the ability to share the wisdom gained over your lifetime. Typically this is a bi-weekly visit with the same volunteer lasting approximately one to three hours.
One-on-one caregiver support
Hospice Georgian Triangle offers one-on-one support in your home or at the Hospice. This is emotional support to help your caregiver avoid feeling compassion fatigue through counselling. Typically these are planned meetings bi-weekly, however, depending on the need of your caregiver, may be more often.
If you as a caregiver feel you are in a crisis, you should call (705) 728-5044 or 1-888-893-8333. Crisis Services offers 24-hour telephone support from a team of mental health and addiction professionals managed by Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County.
Caregiver support group
Also offered by Hospice Georgian Triangle are bi-weekly support group sessions of five to seven people that last about 1.5 hours. This caregiver support group work is facilitated by staff and allows peers to share experiences and coping strategies.
Palliative support for patients
This one-on-one meeting is to help people to come to terms with their end of life journey and may help to resolve issues and emotional conflicts. In 2019, 150 individuals in our community accessed support from Hospice Georgian Triangle at some point in their journey through end of life and about 50 of them chose to have a visiting volunteer in their home for support.
Palliative support group
A monthly meeting lasting about two hours for people with life-limiting illnesses focuses on living in the moment, sharing experiences, and adapting to changes as they come. These peer support group meetings are facilitated by trained staff.