Quebec palliative care homes concerned about their future as pandemic cancels fundraisers

PALLIATIVE

Another indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: fundraisers are being cancelled and that has an impact on funds for palliative care residences.

Christine Boyle, executive director of the Vaudreuil Soulanges Palliative Care Residenc, said with 40% or 50% of their funding coming from the government, they rely heavily on donations  and fundraisers.

Their golf tournament and poinsettia campaigns each generate about $80,000.

"Our golf tournament, our walk -  not happening. Our revenues are down 30-40% and we don't know what it's going to be moving forward," said Boyle in an interview with CJAD 800.

"The financial health of all palliative care residences is extremely precarious moving forward."

The West Island Palliative Care Residence also had to postpone an event and make it virtual, plus evaluate the options for others - all representing about half a million dollars in funds.

Boyle said they should be good for another six months after receiving their most recent funding from the Quebec government but they have to start planning ahead.

"Everyone's having a tough time so I think those difficulties might be borne out in people's ability to give. I know they'll want to give but their ability might be a little harder moving forward," said Boyle.

Boyle said the alliance of palliative care residences in Quebec is working with the provincial government on future funding, optimistic the government will help out.

"The plan B - yes, there always has to be a plan B but right now, I'm still in plan A," said Boyle.

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