Colchester East Hants Hospice Society and Dalhousie seeking older adults who might benefit from N-CARE volunteer visits.

The Colchester East-Hants Hospice Society has partnered with Dalhousie University to implement a program that aims to improve quality of life for seriously ill adults in the Truro area.

N-CARE—navigating, connecting, accessing, resourcing and engaging for adults with serious illness—was introduced by Assoc. Prof. of Nursing Barbara Pesut in cooperation with her colleague Dr. Wendy Duggleby from the University of Alberta. The program is designed to help people with serious chronic illnesses navigate community services and resources with trained volunteers.

Pesut says the program is scaling up – bringing N-CARE to more sites, such as Truro.

“The N-CARE service has generated such interest that after the pilot study in 2015, we had nine additional sites agree to implement the program. This has the potential to assist thousands of aging Canadians,” says Pesut. “We believe N-CARE holds promise for improving the lives of adults with serious illness through a compassionate community approach.”

N-CARE meets the complex needs of an aging population, she explains. “We have an incredible resource of volunteers in Canada who can provide significant support to older adults through a ‘neighbours helping neighbours’ approach.”

N-CARE volunteers, who have training in accessing community services, provide regular in-home visits for adults who have serious illnesses. The volunteers help make connections with the supports available in their community that improve quality of life. They can also mitigate issues such as a lack of social support, loneliness and isolation, poor information about available resources, and feeling overwhelmed with decision-making.

“Older adults living with serious illnesses have unmet needs that result in poor quality of life,” says Pesut. “But, despite the challenges they experience because of their health issues, many of these adults want to continue to be engaged and productive—to give back to their communities. Volunteers help them do that.”

The ultimate goal is to develop policy recommendations for N-CARE and to create a toolkit, which will provide the resources required for hospice societies across Canada to implement volunteer navigation in their communities.

Colchester East Hants Hospice Society and Dalhousie are now actively seeking older adults who might benefit from N-CARE volunteer visits. Participation enquiries or requests for further information and can be directed to Lauren Purdy at lpurdy@cehhospice.org

Media Contact Information:
Craig Johnson
Executive Director
cjohnson@cehhospice.org
902-893-3265

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"I was asked by a friend about seven years ago to take the Hospice Society course with her. At that time, I did not know a lot about Hospice. I am so grateful that I did so as I love volunteering in the Palliative Care Unit at the hospital. It is so heartwarming to be with clients "at the end". I like to hold their hand and tell them that they are not alone and that I am there with them. It is a real honour and I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the Hospice Society."
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If you would like to make a donation of baking supplies we are always in need of flour, chocolate chips and margarine or gift cards that our volunteers can purchase supplies, as they are needed. We are always grateful for the generous support of our community!

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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer, Steve Taylor: Why is Hospice important to you?

"I was wanting to do more volunteering and I happened to listen to a gentleman from Halifax that spoke about Hospice and I was inspired by his talk. I was quite taken by his insight and I decided to stop by the Hospice office in Truro, completed my application, went through the interview process, took the training course and have been a volunteer for the past six years.

I really enjoy being a volunteer and look forward to my weekly visits at the Palliative Care Unit. It is a pleasure to be associated with all the other dedicated Hospice volunteers, staff, Board of Directors, doctors, nurses, LPN's, social workers and cleaning staff at the hospital.

I always have a more positive attitude after my visits."
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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer, Sandra Murphy: Why is Hospice important to you? .
"I was asked by a friend about seven years ago to take the Hospice Society course with her. At that time, I did not know a lot about Hospice. I … https://t.co/1AhzGLguIh

Did you know... We have volunteers that share their time and talents to make sure that the kitchen in the Palliative Care Unit smells amazing? Hospice provides baking supplies and our volunteers bring their favourite recipes for baked goods that they pre… https://t.co/mg5waMMbM5

Progress continues on our garden. Join us every Friday this summer for our Garden & Chat series, including THIS FRIDAY (June 14), at 10:00 am.
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We'll provide the coffee and tea, you bring your gardening gloves!
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#hospice #garden #chat #downtowntruro #t… https://t.co/y5VtNHDc08

It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 615 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated to be $450!
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Thank you to all participants for your continued support...
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