COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island
Stay up-to-date about the latest COVID-19 news on Prince Edward Island and how we can all work together to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our community safe. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/covid19
Grief During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live and how we grieve in ways we would not have expected to be possible. If someone close to you died before or during COVID, you are finding your way through grief in unprecedented and unsettling times. Below are some grief resources from Canadian Virtual Hospice.
Advance Care Planning
A process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself. It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include writing down your wishes and talking with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals.
Advance Care Planning PEI
Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Program
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
The CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education, and awareness. Established in 1991, its volunteer Board of Directors is composed of hospice palliative care workers and volunteers from Canadian provinces and territories as well as members-at-large.
Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care
There are many misconceptions surrounding hospice palliative care. For more information on Hospice Palliative Care please visit the link:
Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.
Therapeutic Touch Network
The Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the practice of Therapeutic Touch®, a non-invasive modality developed in the early 1970’s by Dolores Krieger, PH.D., R.N. NYU, Professor Emerita and Dora Kunz. This is a healing practice based on the conscious use of the hands. The trained practitioner balances and re-directs the universal energy that activates the human body’s natural healing potential.
Life & Death Matters
With a mission to develop and deliver resources to increase the capacity of the individual to provide excellent care for the dying and the bereaved. A palliative approach can be integrated into care by all care providers in acute, emergency, long-term, and home care settings. A palliative approach does not need to be provided by specialists. The inclusion of a palliative approach across all settings means that all the dying, not just a minority of them, can benefit from the principles of hospice palliative care.
Employment Insurance & Compassionate Care Benefits
One of the most difficult times for anyone is when a loved one is dying or at risk of death. The demands of caring for a gravely ill family member can jeopardize both your job and the financial security of your family. The Government of Canada believes that, during such times, you should not have to choose between keeping your job and caring for your family.
Compassionate Care Benefits are Employment Insurance (EI) benefits paid to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death within 26 weeks (six months). A maximum of 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits may be paid to eligible people. This publication is designed to answer questions you may have about compassionate care benefits, including who is eligible and how to apply for these benefits.
Life Blanket Project
The campaign focuses on partnering with notable Canadians; and community, business and government leaders who have agreed to promote a different way of looking at death and dying. These notable Canadians then worked in collaboration with the Toronto School of Art, who recruited Canadian artists and art students to design a piece of artwork that would represent their life, through their own version of what a personalized life blanket would look like, using the blanket as a symbol of life-affirming art rather than one associated with grief, death, and fear.
Finding relevant support can be difficult as a caregiver. It can require a lot of time and effort to find information about what support resources are available to you. Hospice PEI has collected a short reference guide for accessing the support that you may need. Click HERE to view.
Seniors’ Food Support Program
Low-income Island seniors age 65 and older who are facing food insecurity due to rising inflation can now apply for a one-time grocery card of $100. Registration will be accepted online at princeedwardisland.ca/seniorfoodsupport . Print applications are also available online and can be to any provincial social program office. if required, applicants can dial 211 for assistance completing online applications. Registration is open until August 26. For more information contact seniorsfood.gov.pe.ca or dial 211.