Lighthouse Integrated Care
We believe that palliative care is not just about care in the last days and hours of life, but about ensuring quality of life for individuals and their carers at every stage of a life-limiting illness from diagnosis onwards. Continuity of care is a hallmark of our delivery of service. From the time of a life-limiting diagnosis up to 12 months following death, support is provided to address the practical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals, their families and carers. In all situations, we afford individuals the time, privacy and opportunity to talk through their fears and anxieties. With this support, people often feel that they can take more control of their situation and draw on their own personal resilience and ability to work towards the goals which are important to them.
Our Lighthouse Integrated Care program provides individuals living with a life-limiting illness, one point of entry to the palliative care system. We connect with each individual personally and assign a Navigator who will accompany the individual on their disease journey; providing support, information and resources along the way. As the primary contact, the Navigator ensures that the individual gets the most appropriate services to keep them safe and comfortable at home. The Navigator is a familiar person to connect with in regard needs, concerns or questions. We also offer Peer Support Volunteers with the knowledge and skills to provide emotional and social support, and caregiver respite.
Chronic Disease/Pain Self-Management Programs - two facilitated programs (6 weeks duration, registration required) that help adults with chronic health conditions to manage pain, fatigue, healthy eating, physical fitness, and to deal with difficult emotions and depression.
Compass Book Club - not your typical book club! This group provides a space to listen, share and discuss... as each member brings forward books and other resources that have impacted them on their disease journey.
Grief Support Group - a facilitated program (6 weeks duration, registration required) based around the belief that sharing common experiences and concerns can aid in the healing process.
heART Space - when words are not enough, this weekly drop-in provides a space for those who are grieving to express themselves in a different way. Materials will be supplied and there is no experience required.
Lighthouse Reflections - a weekly drop-in allowing anyone living with a life-limiting disease to connect with others on a similar health journey.
Navigators - our trained Volunteer Navigators provide help in finding community resources and navigating the health system. They check in at least once a month with each client on their caseload.
Northern Lights Cancer Support Group - a monthly drop-in for women led by Canadian Cancer Society trained peer facilitators. This group is offered to our community through a partnership with Northern Lights of South Georgian Bay.
Peer Support Volunteers - our trained volunteers visit in the home offering a compassionate listening ear, reading, music or legacy work. They also offer respite to caregivers.
Practical Skills for Carers - a monthly group for caregivers (registration required) that combines practical skills, education and support. Each session covers a different topic - Mobility, Foods and Fluids, Toileting, Bathing and Oral Care, Body Changes, Infection Prevention and Control, Relaxation Techniques and Planning Ahead - to help you better support yourself and your loved one.
How to request help or to register for a program:
Once a request for support is received at hospice, our Integrated Care Team will contact you to better understand your needs. They will follow-up this initial contact with a home visit to fully determine if our care is appropriate, to discuss the best suited services for you and to create a unique care plan to meet your needs. If you feel hospice support may be right for you and your family, please contact Heather Goodwin, Integrated Care Coordinator at 705.444.2555 ext. 7524
What makes this possible:
All of our programs and services are provided free of charge to those in our community who need us! Our programs are supported by the North Simcoe-Muskoka Local Health Integration Network, the North Simcoe-Muskoka Self-Management Program, qualified Volunteer Therapists and generous donations from our community.