PEACH: Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless
PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless) is a Supportive & Palliative Care service of the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA), aimed to meet the pain & symptom, psychosocial and goals of care needs of homeless and vulnerably housed patients with life-limiting illnesses. The program operates as a street and shelter, community-based service in collaboration with Toronto Central CCAC (Community Care Access Centre).
Goals and Objectives of PEACH:
- To provide quality early, integrated and safe palliative care for the homeless and vulnerably housed populations with a focus on prioritizing dignity for all
- To support and be a resource to primary team members in:
- providing end of life care
- managing basic and complex symptoms
- accessing medications on the 'Pallliative Care Facilitated Access Formulary" (PCFA)
- ongoing support for patients followed by the service
- assistance in the navigation of palliative care resources
- To educate and support mainstream palliative care services in Toronto to work effectively with homeless populations
- To increase competency of community homeless agencies to support clients facing end of life
- To advocate for accessible, high quality, early, integrated palliative care for homeless and vulnerably housed populations
- To advance the body of knowledge for delivery of palliative care for homeless and vulnerably housed patients
To learn more about how the PEACH project started, watch the TEDX talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcdm5fEqJmk by Dr. Naheed Dosani.
For more information on the PEACH program, please email the PEACH Coordinator, Namarig Ahmed firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-591-4410