Living with Illness

Your family, friends and neighbors are often looking for ways to help and support you during difficult times. We would suggest that before you go looking to people you don’t know look and ask the people you do know if they would be able to help your family with some of the practical needs or if they know of someone who might be available to provide support.

Here you will find some resources and videos to help give you information and insight to help you or a loved one understand and live with illness.

Wellspring

Wellspring is a Canada-wide network of community-based centres, each offering programs and services, without referral, to anyone, with any type of cancer, at any stage in their journey. Locations near Heart House Hospice are in Brampton and Oakville

Money Matters

Wellspring - Do you have questions about money related to cancer? Schedule a meeting in person, over the phone or on line.

CaringBridge

In times of need, the greatest source of hope and healing is the love of family and friends. A way to communicate with the people you choose

Medic Alert

The wonderful thing about Lifeline is that it can give you that important break and reassure your loved one that help is always a press of a button away.

TRansportation

Cancer Society - If you can’t afford the cost of travel, or if you are not physically well enough to use public transportation, we can work with you to help find a solution. Our Wheels of Hope Transportation Service covers 2 programs: Volunteer Driver Provided Program and Family Provided Program.

Transportation

TransHelp - Provides specialized public transit for eligible residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. You may be eligible for TransHelp if you experience a barrier to using conventional public transit due to your physical, cognitive, visual, sensory or mental health disability.

Wellspring

Wellspring is a Canada-wide network of community-based centres, each offering programs and services, without referral, to anyone, with any type of cancer, at any stage in their journey. Locations near Heart House Hospice are in Brampton and Oakville

Medic Alert

The wonderful thing about Lifeline is that it can give you that important break and reassure your loved one that help is always a press of a button away.

Money Matters

Wellspring - Do you have questions about money related to cancer? Schedule a meeting in person, over the phone or on line.

CaringBridge

In times of need, the greatest source of hope and healing is the love of family and friends. A way to communicate with the people you choose

TRansportation

Cancer Society - If you can’t afford the cost of travel, or if you are not physically well enough to use public transportation, we can work with you to help find a solution. Our Wheels of Hope Transportation Service covers 2 programs: Volunteer Driver Provided Program and Family Provided Program.

Transportation

TransHelp - Provides specialized public transit for eligible residents in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. You may be eligible for TransHelp if you experience a barrier to using conventional public transit due to your physical, cognitive, visual, sensory or mental health disability.

Practical In-Home Service

We would suggest that before you go looking to people you don’t know look and ask the people you do know if they would be able to help your family with some of the practical needs or if they know of someone who might be available to provide support. All of the below suggested services are fee for service programs.

You can also download a PDF of the most used services HERE.

Youth Share their Experience with Grief

Heart House Hospice has just completed three videos that were developed by our kids talking about their experience with parent illness and death.

A BIG heart felt thank you to Maddy, Isaac, Aryan, Helena, Ansh, Nora and Natalie (and their families) for sharing their homes, hearts and wisdom to help other children and families.

The messages from the children is intended to help normalize and support children, youth and families living with, and through, similar experiences.

We would like to encourage you to use as a resource in your work with children, youth and families sharing lived experience. We would also appreciate if you share these resources with your families, colleagues or through your organizations websites.

WATCH THEIR STORIES:

Videos

Challenges of Being a Caregiver

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

Cultural Myths Versus Reality on Caregiver Stress

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

Understand Weight Loss and Changes in Appetite in Advanced Illness

English

Arabic

Urdu

Punjabi

Sex and Sexuality in Advanced Illness

English

Arabic

Urdu

Punjabi

Comforting Your Loved One When They Are Dying

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

Managing Medications

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

Changing an Occupied Bed

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

Re-positioning

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

Transferring Someone In and Out of Bed

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

What Dying Looks Like During the Final Weeks of Life

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi

What Dying Looks Like During Final Days of Life

English

Hindi

Urdu

Punjabi