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Hospice to continue caring at residence

MARCH 20 UPDATE: Hospice Prince Edward announced its comprehensive Covid-19 response plan today.
Hospice provides support and service to some of the most vulnerable people in our community, many of whom are elderly, frail, or have serious underlying health conditions. Given the urgent need to stop the spread of COVID-19, Hospice has made some difficult decisions regarding the services they offer.

The number one priority right now is to keep Hospice clients, their families, volunteers, and staff safe. To that end, they are following the advice of the Public Health Authorities and making the following changes to programs, services and events. Changes are in effect until further notice.

Hospice Prince Edward Residence and Administrative Offices:
• The residence will remain open; however, visitors are restricted to immediate family, the healthcare team, and deliveries of medical supplies. Visitors can expect to be screened upon entry to hospice and if showing any signs of illness, will be turned away at the door.
• The Hospice Administrative Office will be closed until further notice. All non-clinical staff will work from home.
In the Community:
• The visiting volunteer program is suspended with case-by-case exceptions; where warranted. Volunteers will continue to provide support remotely via telephone.
• All grief & bereavement group meetings are suspended, effective immediately.
• One on one grief & bereavement support will continue remotely via telephone where possible.
• The 9th Annual Hike for Hospice, scheduled for May 2, will be postponed to a later date.
• The Annual General Meeting and Shred-a-thon are currently TBD.
Questions related to Hospice Prince Edward’s Covid-19 Pandemic Response can be directed to Sarah McKenny at sarahm@hospicepe.com or 613-645-4040 ext. 206. Inquiries will be answered as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated.

Thank you for supporting the effort to keep Hospice Prince Edward a healthy and
safe environment. They will continue their important work of supporting those Living with Dying.
About Hospice Prince Edward: Supporting the journey of living with Dying
Hospice Prince Edward is a non-profit, non-denominational charitable organization that provides quality of life, dignity in death and grief and bereavement support for all those living with or affected by a life limiting illness.
Our residential hospice has served over 300 residents since opening in 2013. An additional 400 families have benefited from our Visiting Volunteers, Caregiver Support Groups, and Grief and Bereavement services.

 

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Hospice Prince Edward will continue to offer its services through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospice provides support and service to some of the most vulnerable people in the community, many of whom are elderly, frail, or have serious underlying health conditions.

Although COVID-19 has not yet been reported in Prince Edward County, Hospice’s number one priority is to keep clients, their families, volunteers and staff safe.

Hospice Prince Edward is following the advice of the Public Health Authorities and at this time, there will be the following changes to programs, services and events.

Hospice Prince Edward Community Visiting Volunteer Program:
Suspending the visiting program with case-by-case exceptions where warranted. Volunteers will continue to provide support by phoning clients instead of visiting in-person. Where clients absolutely require an in-person visit, this will be addressed between the family, Hospice volunteer and Hospice staff.

Hospice Prince Edward Grief & Bereavement Program:
Suspending all grief and bereavement group meetings effective immediately. For the volunteers providing one-to-one grief support with clients, this will be handled on a case-by-case basis between the client, Hospice volunteer and Hospice staff.

Hospice Prince Edward Residence:
We are restricting visitors to the immediate family of clients, a small number of household upkeep volunteers, deliveries of medical supplies and the health care team. Visitors can expect to be screened upon entry to hospice and if showing any signs of illness, will be turned away at the door.

Upcoming Events:
Volunteer Education Day – March 24 – cancelled
Caregiver Training Day – March 31 – cancelled
Volunteer Meeting – April 2 – cancelled
Hike for Hospice – May 2 – Decision Pending

Thank you for supporting efforts to keep Hospice Prince Edward a healthy and safe environment.

For any questions or concerns regarding these changes to our programs and services, please contact our main line: 613-645-4040 (extension #2) or email: sarahm@hospicepe.com

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