Our hearts remain firmly with our Niagara community.
In this time of heightened uncertainty, our family of Hospice Niagara health care professionals continues to provide exceptional care for people who are at greater risk from the pandemic. For them, the pandemic could affect their quality of life and the specialized care they so desperately need.
Our clients and families need us. And, we need your help keep our nurses and personal support workers safe and our services running now and in the coming months.
We are facing challenges like never before.
We are impacted by the global shortage of medical supplies and uncertain economic times. But, we are committed to maintaining our services in the midst of an ever-changing pandemic.
Our front-line team of doctors, nurses, personal support workers and counsellors continue to be committed to providing people what every person still deserves in their last days of life — dignity and compassionate care.
Our community team continues to support people living at home, reaching out in creative and virtual ways to reduce stress, anxiety and feelings of isolation. They continue to be the familiar and reassuring calm presence in people’s lives.
Above all, keeping our clients, families and care professionals safe, is our top priority.
All this comes at a heavy and unexpected financial cost for us. We are purchasing expensive Personal Protective Equipment; paying for more frequent, deep cleanings of our hospice residence; investing in our technology infrastructure in order to connect with our community in alternative ways; and replacing the work usually done by volunteers with front-line palliative care providers.
Under normal circumstances, donations offset 60% of our daily operational costs. Given the economic ramifications of the pandemic, we are experiencing a significant shortfall in fundraised revenue, leaving us in a serious and precarious position. The hard truth is that we could lose as much as one third, or $600,000, of our fundraising dollars.
And yet, our services are needed more than ever. We continue to work with our hospital partners by helping to relieve the pressure faced through limited hospital bed capacity, and by supporting people living and dying at home or in our hospice residence.
By making a gift to Hospice Niagara, through Canada Helps, there is a chance your donation may be matched.
There is no doubt that we will emerge through COVID-19 stronger than ever.
We need your help now. We need to do this together.