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'Business as Virtual' program helps Matthews House patients manage at home

Virtual counselling, support also offered for those experiencing grief, bereavement and loss
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Matthews House Hospice is now offering virtual counselling and support to our community patients during this difficult time.

Our Business as Virtual community program supports palliative patients on how to self-manage at home.

Our hospice director, Fran Barbati said, “Our patients are a more vulnerable patient group because of COVID-19, which is why it was so important for us to redesign the program to fit the current situation, because now more than ever, our patients and their caregivers need our support.

“We’ve had to think outside the box and are delivering the programme virtually. We’re providing education by phone, Facetime and by virtual communication.

“It’s likely that caregivers support networks will have broken down too due to COVID-19, so we’re also providing telephone support for caregivers.”

In addition, virtual counselling and support are being offered for those experiencing grief, bereavement and loss.

Fran added, “We’re determined to support our community patients however we can during this difficult time, and although we won’t see them in person, we are making sure they receive the right support during what is a scary time for most of us.”

The Matthews House Hospice Community team will continue to offer telephone and virtual service for advice and support.  Please just give us a call anytime at 705-435-7218.

In order to enable these services to continue both now and in the future, we ask for your support. Donations can be made here.