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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Ontario Opening New Hospice in Waterloo Region

More patients and families in Waterloo Region to receive compassionate palliative care, closer to home

Ontario is partnering with local communities throughout the province to build new residential hospices. This will include a new residential hospice that will provide an estimated 200 people and families each year in Waterloo Region with expanded access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care.

Daiene Vernile, and Kathryn McGarry were in Waterloo to announce that Hospice of Waterloo Region will build a new 10-bed residential hospice in Waterloo, as part of a new hospice palliative care centre.

Once completed, the new residence will provide nursing and personal support services for end-of-life support in a home-like environment. The centre will also include expanded spaces for the community hospice support services currently delivered by Hospice of Waterloo Region, rooms for volunteer and health care professional education, and a palliative medical clinic.

Hospice of Waterloo Region has been providing hospice services to the community for 25 years. In 2017 more than 230 volunteers delivered over 11,000 hours of support to 1,200 clients and caregivers for home visits, day programs, and a variety of support groups.

By providing capital funding to eligible hospices to supplement local fundraising efforts, Ontario is supporting the creation of new and expanded residential hospices across the province. This investment will help more than 2,000 additional people and their families provincially 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 support they need to be with their loved ones at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.

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.

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