Helping more people get end-of-life care in a home-like setting.
Today, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister, and the MPP for Burlington, at Carpenter Hospice to announce that the government is moving forward with plans to build 193 new hospice beds across Ontario.
Hospices provide patients with palliative care in a comfortable space, where they can be close to loved ones. In this environment, family and friends can have peace of mind knowing that patients will have access to appropriate end-of-life care. Hospice care focuses on relieving suffering and providing services like psychological, spiritual and bereavement support.
- Ontario is investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across the province.
- When these beds open, the government will provide $20.3 million each year in operational funding for nursing, personal support, and other services.
- The government is supporting an additional 6,000 new long-term care beds – the first wave of more than 15,000 new long-term care beds being added in the next five years.
- Ontario is investing an additional $90 million in 2018-19 to build 1,100 beds and spaces in hospitals and the community, including 640 new beds and spaces.