Ontario Opening New Hospice in Nipissing
More Patients and Families in Northern Ontario to Receive Compassionate Palliative Care Closer to Home
Ontario is partnering with Nipissing Serenity Hospice to build a new hospice that will give people and families in the Nipissing and East Parry Sound region better access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care, closer to home.
John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was in North Bay today to announce support for a new residential hospice in Nipissing. Once completed, the new hospice will provide nursing and personal support services to patients and their families closer to home.
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 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.
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.
- Ontario will provide up to $1.2 million to help fund the costs of building Nipissing Serenity Hospice. Once construction is complete, the province will provide $630,000 in annual operating funding.
- Ontario is delivering on its 2016-17 commitment to support up to 20 new hospices across the province within three years by funding construction and renovation costs for hospices.
- Ontario is providing capital funding of up to $200,000 to build each new eligible hospice bed and also contributing $105,000 per bed for operating costs in hospices across the province.
- In 2016, the province announced an additional $75 million for hospice and palliative care over three years, which is on top of the $80 million already announced for hospice and palliative care, bringing the total to $155 million.
“Our government is providing more funding for hospices across Ontario. We are committed to expanding palliative and end-of-life care so that everyone in Ontario can receive high-quality and compassionate care closer to home in this very difficult time of their life.”
“The people of Nipissing & East Parry Sound are very thankful for the capital grant from the Ministry of Health. Nipissing Serenity Hospice will provide the urgently needed end-of-life care in a home-like residence that will complete the continuum of seamless palliative care in our region. This grant will enable our Board to begin construction in early spring 2018 and receive patients in December 2018.”
Mathilde Gravelle Bazinet