Press Release-Central Huron approved for Residential Hospice Care

A Unified Solution for Residential Hospice Care Approved for Huron Perth

The South West LHIN Board of Directors approved a two-site residential hospice in Huron Perth with four (4) beds located centrally in Huron County and six (6) beds located in Stratford.  “This is very exciting news for the residents of Huron as it ensures that every person will have access to high quality residential hospice palliative care that is within a reasonable distance from wherever they reside.  The development of a unified Huron Perth solution for residential hospice will enhance already existing high quality palliative care programs and services and build upon current partnerships and programs that exist in both counties” said Kathy O’Reilly, Chair of the Huron Residential Hospice Palliative Site Committee.  A Residential Hospice in Huron will provide another care option for patients facing end of life and their families.  

 A site, centrally located, for a 4 bed residential hospice in Huron has been identified on number 8 highway between Clinton and Holmesville.  The hospice which is residential and home like will serve all communities across Huron and will be easily accessible.  “The rural setting of the hospice further embraces the essence of Huron County given the agricultural and natural aspects of the site.  It will be a place of living and a place to celebrate life as well as a place of care and support for patients at end of life and their families” stated Dr. Agnes Kluz, a member of the Huron site development committee.

The Huron Perth residential hospice model of care will be person-centered and patient driven.  The Huron and Perth residential hospice sites will each focus on the delivery of high quality hospice palliative care. The model will also incorporate the provision of day care and respite care programs, bereavement programs, pastoral care, volunteer visiting programs as well as access to outreach servicesincluding pain and symptom management resources.  

 

“It’s all about the care” says Shirley Dinsmore, Executive Director of Huron Hospice Visiting Volunteer Program.  “Providing highly specialized expert palliative care by compassionate caring staff and volunteers in a place that looks and feels like homewhere families can come and be with loved ones and also obtain the bereavement supports they need is what Huron county residents want and deserve as part of an overall system of palliative care”

 

The Residential Hospice will be governed by a single integrated board comprised of representatives from Huron and Perth and will be operated through a single management structure.  Both hospices will intentionally work together to make best use of available resources, identify operational efficiencies, integrate care and develop a Centre of Excellence for hospice palliative care, programs and services across Huron Perth.

 

The South West LHIN will provide funding to support the provision of nursing and personal care services once the beds are operational through funds attained from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  Residential hospices in Ontario are responsible to raise funds for operating costs over and above $105,000 per bed and for any capital expenses.  “We are confident folks in Huron County will embrace and financially support capital fundraising and operational requirements.  Death is a reality of living that touches every family. ” state O’Reilly.

 

The Huron Residential Hospice site development committee, comprised of people from communities all over Huron County, is committed to the new residential hospice beds being operational no later than March 31, 2018.  This committee has been busy the past year developing a unified Huron Perth solution for residential hospice that will serve all residents of these counties.  Although no formal fundraising has taken place until the SWLHIN’s announcement of support, a number of individuals have already come forward in support of the centrally located residential hospice in Huron County.  A formal fundraising campaign will begin in the coming weeks.

 

For additional information or to become involved, contact the Chair of the Huron Site Development Committee, Kathy O’Reilly at koreilly@tcc.on.ca or 519-274-0025 email HuronResidentialHospice@gmail.com.