In an environment where resilience is a daily issue, the Quebec Cancer Foundation has once again demonstrated its great capacity for adaptation. Pandemic requires, the regional team has reviewed its methods to be able to offer all its services.
“From the outset, we are in an environment where health measures are already strongly present, but with the pandemic, we have increased it a notch, says Luce Girard, director of the Regional Center and Hôtellerie de la Mauricie. We have reorganized our common spaces ensuring that it is still warm and friendly. ”
In particular, the team had to change the configuration of its rooms. These are now occupied by one person instead of two. “Lately, we’ve had a lot of people from La Tuque,” says Ms. Girard. It’s easier for them because they don’t have to travel every day. We are an essential service and since we offer an accommodation service in Trois-Rivières, we had to put everything in place to make it safe. ”
“People in treatment must already avoid contact with others as much as possible, even without a pandemic, so the change at this level is less,” continues Ms. Girard. But still, we are used to being in human contact and human warmth. What I still see is that people feel good and comforted. There is support and mutual aid among the members of the group. It’s still warm, even if it’s a little different. “
For a while, the Foundation had to stop offering its complementary therapies in kinesiology, art therapy and massage therapy. Since June, they have gradually resumed in a different formula. “We offer services in person when possible and also online via videoconference,” explains Ms. Girard. Art therapy workshops are offered entirely online at this time. People can register on the Foundation’s website. Since September, massage therapy has been offered again. ”
It must be said that it was not in the boxes to offer virtual services. However, the regional team notes that the new ways of doing things have positive elements, so that some services will continue to be offered online after the pandemic.
“The online workshops will remain,” confirms Ms. Girard. Virtual in no way equals face-to-face contact, but the hybrid formula with face-to-face and online courses is attractive for people who cannot travel. It also allows people from the region to take part in conferences given by people from Quebec or Montreal. ”
A virtual directory
In addition, the Quebec Cancer Foundation launched an online resource directory for people affected by cancer this summer. Intended for the entire Quebec population and the health network, the directory lists more than 2,200 resources available throughout Quebec.
The directory includes nine categories of resources, ranging from complementary therapies, to breast and hair prostheses, including palliative care, home help, transport or mutual aid and support.
Whether you are looking for a certified yoga teacher in oncology in Val-d’Or or home help in La Tuque, people with the disease can find the contact details of organizations or resource persons in oncology near their home or where they are being treated.
To consult the online directory of the Fondation québécoise du cancer: services.fqc.qc.ca.