Saturday, August 31, 2013

About the OutCare Foundation raising funds for palliative care in Eastern Ontario

OutCare Foundation

The OutCare Foundation is the only charity devoted to raising funds for palliative care across Eastern Ontario. It supports patients and their families by raising money for projects, such as Telelink. With expert advice from the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, OutCare selects high-priority projects with a regional impact so that regardless of which organization families turn to, they receive the skilled and compassionate help they need and deserve.

Telelink uses the latest technology to connect 12 palliative care sites to the Ontario Telemedicine Network’s (OTN) secure videoconferencing network. High definition video-conferencing equipment makes it possible to bring teams hundreds of kilometers apart together for

meetings and distance education. Used by over 1,600 healthcare sites across Ontario, this is the first time that hospices in our community are connecting to palliative care teams in acute care settings such as hospitals using this technology.

Nurses, doctors and others involved in palliative care can now discuss complex cases and conduct clinical consultations from a distance. They, along with their team of volunteers, can participate in up-to-date training on topics such as pain and symptom management, without the need to travel.

Over the years, the Foundation has provided $1.5 million in support for programs and services throughout our community. Whether helping to make more care available, supporting caregivers, or ensuring proper training is offered, OutCare donors are making a difference.

Telelink Project Facts:

  • Improves quality and standard of palliative care in Eastern Ontario.
  • Established a secure link to plan care and foster seamless, patient-focused services, including remote patient assessments. 
  • Fully immersive distance education and access to training archives.
  • Access to an established healthcare network of 1,600 sites.
  • Implemented in the summer of 2013.
  • Benefits the over 6,000 palliative patients served annually by the sites.
  • The sites: Beth Donovan Hospice, Bruyère Continuing Care Palliative Care Program, Carefor Cornwall Hospice, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, Hawkesbury & District General Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Hospice Care Ottawa (May Court Hospice & Central West Hospice), Hospice Renfrew, Montfort Hospital Palliative Care Consult Service, Queensway-Carleton Hospital Palliative Care Consult Service, the Ottawa Hospital Palliative Care Team (Civic Campus & General Campus).

For more information:

More resources

Canadian Virtual Hospice  
Hospice Association of Ontario - Hospice Ontario  Toronto
At-Home Hospice  Ottawa
Beth Donovan Hospice  Kemptville
Carefor Hospice Cornwall  Cornwall
Community Home Support - Lanark County - Carleton Place Office  Carleton Place
Community Home Support - Lanark County - Pakenham Office  Pakenham
Dundas County Hospice  Williamsburg
Hospice Renfrew  Renfrew
Jewish Family Services of Ottawa - Thelma Steinman Seniors Support Services - Jewish Hospice Visiting Volunteer Program  Ottawa
Marianhill - Palliative Care Unit  Pembroke
Marianhill Long-Term Care and Community Support Services  Pembroke
Métis Nation of Ontario (The) - Health Branch Services - Long Term Care  Ottawa
Ottawa Hospice Services - Friends of Hospice Ottawa  Kanata
Ottawa Hospice Services - Hospice at May Court (The)  Ottawa
Ottawa Inner City Health  Ottawa
Roger's House  Ottawa
The Ottawa Mission  Ottawa

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