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Palliative patients and carers in the eye of the Covid-19 storm.

By: Ron Kassies, Chair, The Healing Cycle Foundation

In recent weeks, the spread of Covid-19 has overwhelmed the world and challenged many healthcare and economic systems globally. In Canada, the devastating impact of the pandemic on long-term and palliative care patients and loved ones is a stark reminder that care for our most vulnerable populations must continue to be prioritized, as well as driven by strong leadership, in order to be effective.

Palliative patients with life-limiting illnesses are unable to fight this deadly virus. Their exceptional caregivers, working tirelessly under rapidly changing circumstances, are also not immune to infection. Political and health leaders are issuing daily updates of what needs to be done in order to protect each other and those who need protection the most. And local hospices are adapting their operations daily to increase patient and staff safety, and mitigate the spread of the virus – often by limiting direct patient contact with family members and visitors. These measures, while necessary, cause unfathomable emotional harm to patients and their loved ones.

Hospice palliative patients and caregivers are currently in the eye of the Covid-19 storm. Let’s help them weather it more safely. Each day, each hour is critical.

The Healing Cycle Foundation exists for one purpose only: raise funds to support the much needed access to palliative care. Currently, only 15% of Ontario patients who need palliative care can access it. We need your help. Please support our most vulnerable and their caregivers by making a donation.

We are in this together, helping each other.

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