During the pandemic, the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network’s (NSMHPCN) community programs have been adapted to be delivered safely through a variety of virtual platforms. The “Keeping Us Connected” program provides ongoing telephone support for isolated seniors and at-risk populations who are living with a life-limiting illness.
Our regular calls serve as check-ins, needs assessments, security checks and the opportunity for friendly social engagement. We also focus on offering people a chance to be heard by providing emotional support, companionship and a sense of community. We work together to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, provide positive coping skills and offer referrals to community services. This includes wellness supports such as:
- Ensuring the safety, health and well-being of palliative individuals living alone in the community in the absence of routine engagement with friends and family,
- Virtual social & wellness programming,
- Telephone reassurance,
- Security checks and visits, and
- Supports for caregivers including group meetings and one to one supportive counseling.
If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, please complete the online referral or call 705-325-0505, toll free 1-877-235-2224.