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OTF Supports Bethell Hospice’s COVID-19 Recovery

Written by Patti Foley

Photo Above: Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon; John Sanderson, Bethell Hospice Foundation Chair; Bob Fines, Bethell Hospice Foundation Director;  Margaret Paan, Bethell Hospice Executive Director; Jeannette Vanden Heuvel , Bethell Hospice Foundation Executive Director; Kat Powell, Volunteer Program LEAD.

Bethell Hospice is pleased to announce that pandemic recovery efforts are underway thanks to a $89,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The OTF grant will allow Bethell Hospice to rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by improving infrastructure; creating prefab units for existing offices, as well as safety measures like a plexiglass screen for main reception.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation resilient grant helps local non-profit community organizations,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon. “Bethell Hospice needs to be responsive and resilient to our communities end of life care needs and this grant will help them continue to provide care to patients and their families during and after the pandemic.”

Hospice services are an essential component of our health care system, focusing on individualized care and comfort.  At the start of the pandemic, safety protocols were put in place which directly impacted clinical and administrative staffing, quantity of PPE equipment, COVID screening time, and the number of essential visitors allowed per resident. Both the Bethell Hospice residence and community programs were dramatically affected by the necessary measures to keep residents, families, community clients, staff, and volunteers safe through the COVID pandemic.

Bethell Hospice Executive Director, Margaret Paan, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the funding. “The Resilient Communities Fund grant will ensure the team at Bethell Hospice can continue to provide critical outreach and support to our residential clients and family members, and allow the installation of no-touch fixtures and the renovation of office space to provide appropriate distancing for administrative staff.  The impact of the grant cannot be underestimated, especially during these unprecedented times.”

Bethell Hospice provides compassionate, respectful care to enhance the quality of life for individuals facing a life-limiting illness and their families. Hospice services are an essential component of our health care system, focusing on individualized care and comfort.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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