Hospice Simcoe launches new program

Hospice Simcoe is launching the Care Through the Journey Day Program for individuals recently and/or currently living with a life-limiting illness and their family members.
“There is a need to reach families affected by a life-limiting diagnosis earlier” said Sandra Dunham, executive director. “Through the continued support from the community, we have created a safe, supportive, and nurturing program that emphasizes social, spiritual and emotional wellbeing for individuals and their family at the time of diagnosis. The program is free to anyone affected by a life-limiting illness who is well enough to attend.”
Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Megan Kirk, community programs coordinator, at 705-722-5995, ext. 240. The program has partnered with several community organizations to eliminate accessibility issues and will be offered at three locations: Cookstown Public Library, Barrie Community Health Centre, and the Innisfil IDEALab. The dates are:
• Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cookstown Public Library, January 21 – February 25 (six weeks)
• Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Barrie Community Health Centre, January 22 – March 12 (eight weeks)
• Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., IDEALab, Innisfil, February 13 – March 20 (six weeks)
Hospice Simcoe provides high quality palliative and end-of-life care for individuals living with a life-limiting illness and support for family members. Programs include the Visiting Hospice, Residential Hospice and Bereavement Support and are delivered at no cost to residents and clients.
Hospice Simcoe was founded in 1988 and opened the residential program in 2009. Last year, more than 800 people from across Simcoe County received support through its various programs, including 210 people who received 24-hour nursing care at the 10-bed residence in Barrie.
For more information, 722-5995.