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OutCare Foundation raising funds for palliative care initiative
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Over the past six years the OutCare Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million for various palliative care initiatives in Eastern Ontario. From nursing and caregiver respite to in-home support, hospices and resource centres.

Now they have a new priority. Telelink is an OutCare Foundation initiative designed to enable remote consultations between palliative care professionals and local practitioners and local practitioners and their patients.

Once it's linked into the Ontario Telemedicine Network,Telelink will improve the quality and standard of palliative care across the region by linking 12 sites in Ottawa, Renfrew, Cornwall and Hawkesbury.

The project is supported by Dr. Jose Pereira, head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and medical chief of the palliative care programs at Bruyère Continuing Care and the Ottawa Hospital.

The OutCare Foundation's role is to raise the $160,000 that is needed to get the program off the ground. So far, they've managed to raise nearly half of the amount or about $80,000.

Navan businessman and community leader John Bradley is a VP on the OutCare Foundation's board of directors. He strongly believes that the Telelink project will benefit the entire region and assist health care professionals in providing palliative care to their clients.

"The idea was to find a project that would benefit the entire region and focus our energy on something that is really needed," says Bradley. "We're a out halfway there right now, and we're confident we can raise the rest of the money by the end of the year."

Palliative care is an area of healthcare that most people don't think about until hey need it either for themselves or a loved one.

Unlike hospice care, palliative medicine, which aims to alleviate a patient's symptoms, is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life.

You can learn more about the Ottawa OutCare Foundation and the work they do by visiting www.OutCarefoundation.org you can also make a donation on line at OutCarefoundation.org/give/how-you-can-donate.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)



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