Ontario is partnering with the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County to build more hospice beds that 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.
The province will provide support for two new beds at the existing eight-bed hospice. 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.
This investment is part of a program that supports the creation of new and expanded hospices across Ontario, which will help more than 2,000 additional people and their families access palliative and end-of-life care each year. Through this program, eligible hospices can apply for significant capital funding to supplement local fundraising efforts.
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.
- 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.
- The Erie St. Clair region now has 40 hospice beds supported through $4.2 million in annual funding.
- The province is delivering on its 2016-17 commitment to support up to 20 new hospices across Ontario within three years by funding construction and renovation costs for hospices.
- Ontario is providing capital funding of up to $200,000 to build each new eligible hospice bed and also contributing $105,000 per bed for operating costs in hospices across the province.
- In 2016, the province announced an additional $75 million for hospice and palliative care over three years, which is on top of the $80 million already announced for hospice and palliative care, bringing the total to $155 million.