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Laura Sherwood, Director of Hospice Partnerships, St. Joseph's Health Care Society

Elgin County Residential Hospice Planning Sub-Committee has partnered with St. Joseph's Health Care Society to help build a Residential Hospice.

Elgin County, March 8, 2017– St. Joseph's Health Care Society has joined with the Elgin Residential Hospice Planning Sub-Committee to help build a residential hospice in Elgin County.

St. Joseph's Health Care Society is working collaboratively with the South West LHIN, current service providers (Serenity, VON, HOPE, CCAC) and various community leaders to build the right solution to meet the needs of those living in Elgin County. St. Joseph's Health Care Society brings experience, expertise, and resources that will help create options for those dying in Elgin County and keep this initiative moving forward, says Peggy Gillespie, co-chair of the Residential Hospice Planning Sub-Committee.

It is estimated that there are just over 800 deaths occurring in Elgin County each year. At the end of life most of us share a common hope – that when death comes to us or to a loved one, it will be peaceful, pain free, and surrounded by those we love. We strive for a future where every person has access to quality hospice palliative care and we're committed to helping grow and realize this vision within Elgin County” says John Callaghan, CEO St. Joseph's Health Care Society.

Hospice palliative care is aimed at improving comfort, dignity and quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Palliative care not only relieves pain and other physical symptoms, but also addresses psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family (including bereavement services). A residential hospice is where end-of-life care is provided in a home-like environment for individuals who cannot remain at home (more complex care needs) and or do not require (or want) to die in a hospital.

St. Joseph's Health Care Society, is the owner of two residential hospices (Sarnia and London) and two hospitals (Chatham and London) and bring a wealth of experience, resources, and expertise.

Serious about the commitment, St. Joseph's Health Care Society has agreed to make an initial investment of $30,000 to help fund a feasibility study and business plan. Serenity House Hospice has also committed $5,000 to help fund this very important study, which will inform the committee's planning process by engaging feedback from a variety of stakeholders throughout Elgin County. The feasibility study and business plan is targeted to be completed by July 2017.

About St. Joseph's Health Care Society

St. Joseph's Health Care Society was formed in 1993 when the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Diocese of London made the decision to cease being directly involved in the administration of its hospitals. St. Joseph's Health Care Society continues the Sisters of St. Joseph's long tradition in supporting healthcare throughout southwestern Ontario. St. Joseph's Health Care Society is the owner and sponsor of hospitals in Chatham and London, and residential hospices in London and Sarnia. The Society seeks to assist in the development of hospice palliative care services in Elgin County to serve as good stewards, paying specific attention, in a compassionate and collaborative manner, to issues of social justice. We strive to listen to all voices, seek inclusiveness, and balance the needs of the unique individual with the common good of the community.

About the Elgin Residential Hospice Planning Subcommittee

The South West LHIN is working with the South West Hospice Palliative Care Leadership Committee and local Hospice Palliative Care Collaboratives to ensure there are clear and effective mechanisms to engage with constituents and communities to advance a unified approach towards establishing residential hospice capacity for each sub-region within the LHIN. Elgin has been established as priority geography for the establishment of residential hospice. The local Collaborative has established the Elgin Hospice Palliative Care Collaborative -Residential Subcommittee in 2015 to assist with the planning and begin looking at a unified solution to expand residential hospice in Elgin County.

What is Residential Hospice

A residential hospice is a home-like environment where individuals with a life-threatening illness receive end-of-life care and services. Hospice Palliative Care of Ontario defines community residential hospices as a healthcare facility and registered charity that provides palliative care services by an interprofessional team with palliative care expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a home like setting for the individual and their significant others at no cost to the user.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:20:45 AM EST

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