Ontario is partnering with local communities to build a new hospice that will provide between 200 and 300 people and families each year in the Kingston region better access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care closer to home.
MPP for Kingston and the Islands Sophie Kiwala, was at Hospice Kingston today to announce the establishment of a new residential hospice in Kingston. Once completed, the new hospice will provide nursing, personal support, and other services to patients and their families closer to home.
Ontario will provide up to $1.4 million to help fund the costs of building the Hospice Kingston Inc. Once construction is complete, the province will provide over $730,000 in annual operating funding.
By providing capital funding to eligible hospices to supplement local fundraising efforts, Ontario is supporting the creation of new and expanded hospices across the province. This investment will help more than 2,000 additional people and their families access palliative and end-of-life care each year.
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.
At the new Hospice Kingston, person-centered care plans will be developed with each individual based on his/her needs and preferences, and care will be provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, personal support workers, and a nutrition consultant. In addition, the individual and their family members will have access to hospice community services such as in-home visiting services, integrative day wellness, spiritual care and bereavement services.
Expanding access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“I am delighted to announce more funding for hospices across Ontario. In 2016, we committed to expanding palliative and end-of-life care so that all Ontarians can receive high-quality and compassionate care closer to home. Helping hospices to open new beds will mean that even more people can benefit from their supports.”
— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The residential hospice in Kingston will enhance quality of life, well-being and patient/ family experience for the individuals being served. Implementing residential hospice beds will complete the full range of palliative and end-of-life care service options within the Kingston sub-region of the South East LHIN.”
— Hersh Sehdev, Chair, South East Local Health Integration Network
“This is a good news day for families in Kingston and the Islands and our region. Residential hospices provide necessary care to individuals in our community and their families at a very vulnerable time. This hospice will be a much needed addition to our community and ensure that individuals who are at the end of their lives can pass away in the best possible setting, and that the accompanying supports and services will ease the burden for all during this difficult stage of life.”
— Sophie Kiwala, MPP Kingston and the Islands
"This Capital funding, to supplement our community fundraising efforts, will bring us closer in reaching our Campaign goal to build Kingston's first Palliative Care Centre and 10-bed Hospice Residence. Kingston is the largest community in Ontario that does not have a hospice residence. With the ministry and community funding we will be able to help people and their families in the Greater Kingston Area have access to quality hospice palliative and end-of-life care during a vulnerable time in their lives. Living and dying well helps to create healthy culture and strong community for all of us."
— Allen Prowse, Chair, Hospice Kingston Board of Directors
“"My Mom passed away at the Dorothy Ley Hospice in September 2017. The wonderful compassionate care and much needed advice provided peace of mind for my Mom, sisters and myself. The experience I had at the hospice served to reinforce my belief in the need for a hospice residence in Kingston."
— Sheila Kingston, family member of hospice client
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