Programs Currently in Pilot

Working to ensure you do not feel "forced back into the closet" when faced with a terminal diagnosis

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An opportunity for children to talk about their questions, thoughts and feelings when it comes from dying and death.

D.I.M.E Methodology... 

Design / Implement / Monitor / Evaluate

Design….began with specific questions

 

  • What does the journey of illness look like?

  • Who needs help along the journey?

  • What does that help need to look like?

  • When will each aspect of the help best be implemented?

  • How is it delivered efficiently and cost effectively?

Implement…the drawing board

 

  • Ways to deliver care (services) and the technology required to support care delivery models are developed

  • Help extend care beyond the last days/weeks of life; improving quality of life for the person who has been diagnosed

  • Identify and Promote Best Practices in Supporting Caregivers

  • Define the caregiving role both cross culturally and among family ~ including pets, volunteers and professionals

  • Extend competent and ethical best practices in palliative care, beyond those with a cancer diagnosis

Monitor…via leading edge project planning efforts

 

Steering Committees, populated by subject matter experts, are using these project plans to ensure the drawing board is delivering on

  • Identifying physical / environmental needs for delivery

  • A plan for the education that may need to be sourced or developed

  • Risk assessment and mitigation strategies

  • Relationship models (national, provincial & regional) health and social services agencies that will enhance the delivery of services

  • Best practices and communication among other pilot committees

  • The economics of how to deliver cost effectively and expediently

Evaluate…Continues to ask Key Questions

 

  • Have we built expediency efficiencies and economies of scale so communities may care for their own more cost effectively and responsively than if left on their own to figure things out?

  • Do performance indicators (best practices) exist or must they be developed?  

  • How do we disseminate best practices to all emerging communities including those deemed marginalized or at – risk?

  • What opportunities have been uncovered for innovation and improvement?

The Need for Live Beta-Testing as part of the D.I.M.E. Methodology

 

In the design phase of Home Hospice Association’s piloting effort, services were conceived that do not have a complimentary model anywhere else in the world.  These programs will be live tested.   Each Beta-Test will establish best practices for the program.  Once the test is concluded the program will be gifted to an Agency in that Community to continue meeting the needs of the families, individuals or pets it has been serving.

Dime Folklore

 

Historically, finding money has represented the presence of a loved one.
 
It is often believed that when an individual finds money randomly, a departed loved one is leaving a symbol that she is still looking after him.
 
It has also been noted that people tend to find dimes when they are in a difficult point in their lives.
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