(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario is partnering with the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County to build more hospice beds which will provide 40 more patients and their families each year with palliative and end-of-life care closer to home. John Fraser, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County to make the announcement.
“Facilities with hospice care are special places that provide compassionate care to patients and families at a very difficult time,” said Fraser. “In 2016, we committed to expanding palliative and end-of-life care to give people across the province high-quality care closer to home.”
Ontario will provide up to $400,000 to help fund the costs of renovating the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, including adding two more beds. Once construction is complete, the province will provide $210,000 in annual operating funding.
This funding will also supplement donations from the community to renovate the dining room, kitchen, and sunroom areas. Family and personal caregivers use these communal spaces to visit patients at any time of the day, staying for as long as they wish.
“In 2017, the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County celebrated its 10th anniversary of residential home care for patients and families in Windsor/Essex County,” said Carol Derbyshire, the executive director of the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. “We are excited to expand our residential home in Windsor from an eight- to a 10-bed facility. The addition will increase the capacity of hospice care and allow us to help more people.”
Residential hospices provide expert care in a home-like environment, giving families and friends the space and care they need to be with their loved ones at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. The Erie St Clair region now has 40 hospice beds supported through $4.2 million in annual funding.