COVID-19 Statement

A message from Hospice PEI

 

To our loyal supporters and followers,

 

During these extraordinary and unprecedented times, we at Hospice PEI want to ensure that our volunteers, clients, and their loved ones are safe and healthy. We are closely monitoring and following the safety procedures and restrictions that have been put in place at long term care facilities, hospitals, palliative care units and home care support services across all our areas of services.

 

Our team is committed to leading the way in finding ways to support our community. While we are all working remotely to do our part in social distancing, we are available by email and we are checking our telephone messages frequently. For general inquires, please email hpca@hospicepei.ca or call 902-368-4498. For our staff member directory, please click here.

 

Please stay tuned for updates on our programs and services as we respond to this challenge. All updates will be posted to our website and to our social media pages.

 

We want to thank everyone for their support and understanding during these challenging times. We also want to encourage all Islanders to practice social distancing and to follow the advice from our health professionals.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Government of PEI COVID-19 Information

 

Government of PEI COVID-19 FAQs 

 

Hospice PEI COVID-19 Community Resource 

Carers Canada COVID-19 Resources

Mental Health Commission Resources

 

Our Offices Are Closed

 

From Tuesday March 17th, 2020, and until further notice, Hospice PEI’s offices are closed and our team is working remotely. We are doing this to reinforce social distancing and to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus and protect the vulnerable populations in our communities, at the Provincial Palliative Care Centre, and in our local hospitals and long term care facilities where our offices reside.

 

Our team is meeting weekly through phone and video chat platforms to ensure continued communication and support for our clients and volunteers is maintained.

 

Volunteer Services

 

As of Monday March 16, 2020, Hospice PEI has suspended all in person volunteer services until further notice. This decision has been difficult to make, and we want to ensure everyone that we are doing this in the best interest of our clients and their families, as well as our volunteers. In home volunteer visits will be shifted to phone call check-ins until further notice.

 

Affected Events And Groups

 

Grief Support Groups: All Hospice PEI grief support groups have been cancelled until further notice.

 

Volunteer Training: All volunteer training courses scheduled for Spring 2020 have been postponed. If you are signed up for one of these training sessions, the volunteer coordinator for your region will be reaching out to you with the new training dates once they have been decided on.

 

Hike For Hospice: Our annual Hike for Hospice which was scheduled for Sunday May 3, 2020, has been postponed. Tentative new date of Sunday June 14, 2020.

 

Grief And Isolation

 

Grief is a profoundly isolating experience that may be magnified for many people during the current crisis. Our trained grief support volunteers are available for phone support to help you manage this emotionally complex time.

 

Many people manage their grief in healthy ways by keeping busy with outside activities and social events. When they are ready, they can spend more time alone to process their grief. The current situation may have pushed you into an isolation that means you must confront your grief earlier than you were prepared for. Having a grief support volunteer can help by providing a listening ear, someone you don’t need to protect or reassure that ‘you’re ok’, someone who will keep the conversation confidential, someone who cares.

 

When you have lost a spouse or family member who lived with you, your house itself can be a painful place where their absence is most powerful. The current requirement to stay home may be especially difficult without the opportunity to leave those empty spaces that remind you of your loss. Grief support volunteers understand the loneliness you are feeling, the hardship of finding a new normal, and especially of finding a way to make your home a place of comfort again.

 

The COVID-19 emergency may trigger anxiety about death, of your vulnerable loved ones and your own mortality. Thoughts about death may also bring back grief for the people you have lost in the past but perhaps hadn’t thought about for a long time, or had felt you had “gotten over”. These fears and feelings are natural and can be eased by conversation with a grief support volunteer who knows that grief and loss can spread across your thoughts in distressing ways.

 

Grief Support Toll-Free: 1-844-954-7433 (1-844-95GRIEF)

 

How To Support

 

Hospice PEI is so grateful for the continued financial support of our selfless donors. Hospice PEI is 100% non-profit and relies on donations to maintain our various volunteer services to our clients and their families, and this need continues.

 

Although our offices are closed to the public, we are still accepting credit card donations over the phone, as well as accepting e-transfers. To make a credit card donation over the phone, please call Kimberly at 902-326-5369. Etransfer donations can be sent to director@hospicepei.ca with the password as hospicepei.

 

To make a donation online through CanadaHelps, please click the button below.

 

 

If you prefer to donate with cheque, we ask that the cheque be made out to Hospice PEI and mailed to:

93 Murchison Lane

Charlottetown, PE C1A 0G3.

 

If you have questions regarding the handling of donations during this time, please contact us at hpca@hospicepei.ca and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Charitable Registration # : 10751 6320 RR0001

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