February 20, 2020
 
Care Dimensions Gets $50K for Pilot Telehealth Program

December 23, 2019 — Care Dimensions, a Danvers-based nonprofit that provides hospice and palliative care in 90 eastern Massachusetts communities, recently announced that it received a $50,000 grant to fund a pilot telehealth program that will enable hospice care givers to provide support.

Care Dimensions said the grant, from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, a national foundation focused on nurse-led innovation to improve the lives of patients and their families, named Caregiver Connection, will begin in 2020 with a focus in underserved areas where caregiver burdens are further compounded by economic and language inequities and barriers.

Care Dimensions said the Caregiver Connection project was one of five selected, following a competitive field of proposals, as a Hillman Serious Illness and End of Life Emergent Innovation Program (HSEI) project. The grants are aimed at bold, early stage interventions that address health challenges faced by vulnerable populations.

“Unmet caregiver support and communication needs can result in negative patient outcomes and heightened degrees of caregiver anxiety compromising their capacity for providing care” said Susan Lysaght Hurley. “We are honored to receive this funding and for the opportunity to launch this pilot project.”

The project will use a mobile health application, called TapCloud, to bring a lifeline of caregiver support directly to the bedside, so a caregiver need not feel isolated, nor have to leave a loved one’s side to get support.

Originally designed to enhance communications between patients and their care teams, this funding will support modification of the TapCloud platform to facilitate real-time and personal communication between family caregivers and Care Dimensions hospice nurses in English and Spanish.

Care Dimensions, founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, was one of the nation’s first hospice providers, and today is the largest, most comprehensive hospice provider in Massachusetts. It provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, and grief support in more than 95 communities. In addition, its Learning Institute educates more than 7,000 healthcare professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics.

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