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  by Dr. Naheed Dosani.

Further Information: 

For more information on the PEACH program, please email the PEACH Coordinator, Namarig Ahmed or call 416-591-4410

PEACH in the Media