This session aims to increase the understanding of the Compassionate Communities movement, to appreciate how the COVID-19 crisis has escalated compassionate action across Ontario, to think what we can do now and to plan how we can use this opportunity to build better health care and more resilient communities in the future.
Building on the ground-breaking work of the Healthy End of Life Project (HELP) at La Trobe University in Australia, and the broader Compassionate Cities and Compassionate Communities movement, HELP Ottawa is a 3.5 year community-based initiative working in 4 community sites in Ottawa (2 community health centres, and 2 faith communities). Developed to build community capacity in end of life care, HELP Ottawa is focused on empowering caregiving networks to help people who are frail, living with advanced chronic or terminal illness, caregiving, and/or grieving the loss of a loved one. Unfolding completely within the context of COVID-19, each of our sites have had to find ways to mobilize, adapt and respond to lockdowns, quarantines, increased isolation and altered needs. This webinar will share some of our early learning, and will ask critical questions about how compassionate communities can prepare for and respond to current and future waves of COVID-19.
The message of hope and compassionate palliative care shined bright during the Spring of 2020 as the already existing partnership between Michael Garron Hospital and Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care transformed when the hospital’s adult patients came onsite to receive their end-of-life care at Emily’s House (PAC’s 10 bed residential children’s hospice in Toronto). Join us as we share how we managed this incredible experience for families during a time when it was a challenge for anybody to come together.
Registration link is intended for individual participation and not group participation. There is a one-time fee of $100 (+HST) to attend all three sessions.