7:30 a.m., Nov. 6)
OutCare Foundation initiative seeks to bring comfort to
palliative care patients
By Fred Sherwin
May Court Hospice in Ottawa is one of several
hospices in Eastern Ontario that will benefit
from the OutCare Foundation;s latest fundraising
initiative. File photo
OutCare Foundation has launched a new fundraising initiative
aimed at providing greater care and comfort for palliative
care patients in Ottawa and the surrounding area.
"Campaign for Comfort" is the result of consultations
between the Foundation and hospices throughout the region
including the May Court Hospice, the Mission Hospice and
goal of the campaign, according to OutCare Foundation
president and Navan resident John Bradley, is to raise
$100,000 to purchase equipment and furnishings including
11 comfort mattress systems, three patient lifts and slings,
a wireless resident nurse alert system, four bedside recliners
for family members along with walkers, transport chairs
and shower benches.
portion of the funds will also be used to purchase medical
devices to help monitor oxygen saturation and heart rate,
and other comfort items such as blanket warmers and gel
seniors making up the fastest growing age group in our
society, the need for palliative care is becoming urgent.
More and more families are turning to community-based
hospices for the exceptional service they offer in a homelike
increased demand places tremendous pressure on hospices
in our region. As a result, most hospices are unable to
buy key items that can maximize quality of life.
hospices depend on fundraising to help make ends meet,
explains Bradley. "They simply cannot afford to purchase
all the equipment required to
meet the needs of palliative patients at different stages
of care, which is where we come in with initiatives like
the 'Campaign for Comfort'.
feel comfortable and cared-for, adults and children with
a life limiting illness often need special equipment.
The right equipment promotes
comfort, mobility and sleep. It also helps staff to provide
treatment safely and effectively. Transport chairs and
lifts, for example, allow patients to participate in activities.
Therapy mattresses and blanket warmers provide relief
to people with limited mobility. Sleep chairs invite family
members to stay overnight with their loved ones.
OutCare Foundation is the only charity devoted to raising
funds for palliative care across Eastern Ontario and supports
of the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program to build
system for palliative care.
for the Campaign for Comfort and other OutCare Foundation
initiatives can be made online at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/14297.
Campaign for Comfort is just the latest initiative taken
on by the OutCare Foundation which has raised over $1.5
million for new programs and services, including funding
for the recently launched Telelink program which brought
telemedicine to palliative-care sites serving more than
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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