Palliative Care Program dinner was a sell out success
The Palliative Care Program She explained what the Palliative Care Program does.
“Elliot Lake Palliative Care’s mission is to assist clients by providing trained caring, compassionate volunteers to support them and their families during the palliative stage of their terminal illness.”
She added that the program provides services in homes, the hospital and long-term care facilities.
“Since April of this year, we’ve been providing services to 32 clients.”
She explained that they totalled 1,200 hours of volunteer time. The volunteers spend up to four hours each time with the client as well as provide respite for the caregivers, and they try to alleviate their fears and anxieties.
“They also help with letter writing, video messages, and support their families through the grief before, during and after the death.”
Ferland Gerrard says they get funding from the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in the amount of $57,000 per year. After operational costs and wages, there is not much left for programming.
However, this year the Elliot Lake Palliative Care Program is receiving an additional $5,200, and they must expand the program to include Spanish.
But there is a need for fundraising.
The money raised by the dinner would go toward programming such as bereavement support, training volunteers and to advocate for a residential hospice in Elliot Lake, she explains.
They also need to recruit more volunteers in Elliot Lake and in Spanish.
She says they hope to add a new part-time position to expand their programs to include community education initiatives, such as advanced care planning. That would help clients to document their medical wishes if they can’t speak for themselves at the end of life.
She would also like to develop music therapy.
“It helps people to relax, to remember fond memories and can set a peaceful atmosphere.”
She says they would also like to purchase virtual reality glasses. However, that requires training, which also comes with a cost.
Ferland Gerrard hopes to hold a similar event next year. However, the theme might change.
Accordionist Rose Neufeld was wandering through the Collins Hall entertaining those who attended the Elliot Lake Palliative Care Program’s fundraising dinner ‘An Evening in Tuscany Fundraiser Gala’ on Oct. 27.