Three New Residential Hospices Opening

Matthews House Hospice is pleased to announce the opening of a new four-bedroom hospice in Alliston on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. The facility will open with two beds, expanding to four by the end of the year. The new residential program will help fill the gap for hospice palliative care beds in the Central LHIN. Alongside the residential program, Matthews House will continue to expand their successful community programs, which include home visiting and support for palliative clients, caregivers, the bereaved and their families.

The Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, located in Owen Sound and serving Grey and Bruce counties, is proud to announce that they have joined the broader End-of-Life care community.  On May 29, the residential hospice admitted its first patient, marking the establishment of a new care option for individuals and families in the region confronted by the diagnosis of a progressive life limiting illness.  This admission was made possible through the efforts of a number of care partners and providers who continue to work together toward the implementation of an integrated End-of-Life care model supported by the South West LHIN.  Currently the Residential Hospice operates six beds in a temporary facility, with a near term vision to open a freestanding 10 bed residential hospice.  The hospice is committed to ensuring the residential option becomes wholly integrated into a system of care that includes enhanced Outreach, and the inclusion of Day & Wellness programs. 

Hospice Prince Edward celebrated the opening of their three bed hospice home with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 13. The residential hospice will work in partnership with the South East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), and will offer clinical and personal support services by CCAC contracted palliative care provider(s) to meet the needs of hospice patients. Together, the agencies will provide enhanced clinical services for clients in this first South East LHIN funded residential hospice. In the new facility, Hospice Prince Edward will continue to offer home visiting and bereavement support services to the community as they have since 1999.

Please join us in congratulating Matthews House Hospice, Grey Bruce Hospice and Hospice Prince Edward on their momentous achievement, and in wishing their staff and volunteers the very best as they provide a new and much-needed service to their communities.