Delivering Care Virtually
Early in the pandemic, CAMH restricted visitors to protect patients. We wanted to find a way to show patients that, while they were apart from their families and communities, they didn’t have to be alone.
This is when Quinn Kirby, Manager of Gifts of Light, advocated to provide tablets to patients, which became a reality thanks to a $300,000 donation from Donna and Gary Slaight.
“Overnight we became reliant on technology for nearly every aspect of our jobs, so we knew right away that it was just as important to provide to our patients easier access to the online world as well. The pandemic was going to change the way we all interacted with one another.”
The Slaight family donation provided 500 tablets—one per inpatient bed—at both Queen Street and College/Ursula Franklin Street sites, as well as 54 tablets for staff to facilitate virtual care sessions.
“Because of this generous donation, we have patients and staff from across the hospital tuning in daily to participate in live programming with our creative facilitators, and meeting new patients who share in similar interests and activities,” adds Quinn.
“We are proud to say that we have 27 programs running virtually every week and are working hard to grow this number.”