February 15, 2018
Ontario is partnering with local communities to add one new hospice bed to the Geraldton District Hospital that will provide patients and families in Geraldton with better access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.
Once the hospital’s new hospice bed is opened, it will increase capacity for nursing and personal support services to patients and their families.
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 from the respective communities to 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.
The hospice bed will provide compassionate care and comfort in a home-like environment for adults with life-threatening illnesses at end-of-life. Having access to the community-based hospice beds improves access to care close to home at end-of-life. Given that it is a community resource, the bed will be available to anyone in need that meets the eligibility criteria, regardless of where they come from.
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 proud of our government’s continuous investments in expanding palliative and hospice care in our region. Expanding this type of end-of-life care is vital to supporting vulnerable Ontarians in a way that supports their families and loved ones, as well as the community as a whole.”
- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
“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
“We welcome this partnership with local communities to create additional hospice beds and improve end-of-life care for individuals in the region who need this service. This investment will continue to support better access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care, closer to home for the people of Northwestern Ontario.”
- Laura Kokocinski, CEO, North West LHIN
Jeff Dean, Office of the Honourable Michael Gravelle 416-327-1421
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