Helping more people get end-of-life care in a home-like setting
St. Thomas, December 20, 2018 - Ontario's Government for the People is providing
more people across the province with the compassionate care they deserve when nearing
the end of their lives.
"For too long, the previous Liberal government refused to address the need for a
hospice in our community," said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. "After
strongly advocating for a hospice in my riding I am thrilled to receive a letter
from Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, on her support for
an Elgin hospice with an invitation to the Elgin Residential Hospice Planning committee
to submit a hospice capital program application."
"Building new hospice beds across Ontario will provide people with end-of-life care
and support in a more comfortable setting," said Elliott. "With early investments
like these, our government is ensuring that these patients are provided with the
proper comfort, dignity and respect they deserve. This will also help to make more
beds available for those who need hospital care. Our government is moving forward
quickly to address challenges facing the health care system as we develop our long-term
transformational health care strategy."
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.
"Everyone should have access to dignified end-of-life care that respects the wishes
of the patient and their loved ones," said Yurek. "That's why I am proud our government
is committed to improving access to comfortable, end-of-life care in communities
across the province like in my riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London."
- Ontario is investing nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds across the
- 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.
"St. Joseph's Health Care Society is proud to be one of many community agencies
participating in the planning to build a residential hospice in Elgin County; we're
working towards a future where every person has access to quality hospice palliative
care. Today's endorsement moves us one step closer to this vision." Laura Sherwood,
Co-Chair, Elgin Residential Hospice Committee & Director of Hospice Partnerships,
St. Joseph's Health Care Society