Hospice Quinte recently received notice from the South East Local Health Integration Network that the hospice palliative care organization will receive funding for a six bed residential hospice. Hospice Quinte Executive Director Jennifer May-Anderson says, “This is very exciting news for the residents of Quinte as it will provide access to high quality residential hospice palliative care within a reasonable distance of where they reside. The residential hospice will enhance the already excellent hospice and bereavement support services that we provide our communities.”
Hospice Quinte Board President Darcey French says, “Our board and partners have been working for a long time toward this goal. Our past president, Dr. Jennifer Webster, has been an integral part of moving this process forward and we are grateful for all of her efforts. This new residential hospice 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.”
May-Anderson adds, “We are thrilled with this news and eager to get started on the project. The funding from the LHIN works out to $105,000 per year per bed. That covers professional services such as nursing and personal care support. Hospice Quinte will need to fundraise money to build the residence along with money to operate it. Operational costs are estimated to be an additional $100,000 per bed per year. We will need to raise at least $600,000 a year to fund both our visiting and residential hospice programs.”
Hospice Quinte currently fundraises 70 per cent of the costs for its visiting hospice and bereavement services programs, with the LHIN funding the other 30 per cent.
In the coming months Hospice Quinte will be starting a capital campaign as well as stepping up their other fundraising endeavors. To lead the fundraising efforts Hospice Quinte has hired Michael Kelly as their new Marketing and Business Development Coordinator. Kelly has been in the Quinte area for several years and has previously worked for the Canadian Cancer Society in Belleville.
Kelly says he is enthusiastic and optimistic about fundraising for a new residential hospice, “This new facility will provide expert hospice palliative care by compassionate staff and volunteers in a place that looks and feels like home. We are confident that people in the Quinte area will embrace and financially support capital and operational funding as death is a reality of living and it touches every family.”
To support the new residential hospice the City of Quinte West announced in February of last year that they would donate three acres of municipal property just south of Bayside Secondary High School on Highway 2 and one million dollars toward the project. May-Anderson says, “The staff and council of the City of Quinte West have been extremely supportive and were an essential part of putting together our funding request to the LHIN.”
Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison stated “I am very excited to hear this news. This project would not have gotten off the ground if it had not been for the support and determination of Dr. Prasad and the support given by Quinte West Council, particularly Councillors Karen Sharpe, Al DeWitt and Sally Freeman. The City looks forward to be a continuing partner in seeing this project become a reality.”
The new residential hospice will be an addition to the visiting hospice and bereavement services that Hospice Quinte already provides. Over 140 trained volunteers provide in-home volunteer hospice visiting and will continue to do so after the residential hospice is up and running.
Hospice Quinte assists terminally ill individuals and their caregivers by offering them support and companionship. The Hospice Quinte service area is north to Plainfield, south to eastern edge of Prince Edward County, west to, but not including Brighton, east to Deseronto, Belleville, and Quinte West.
Visiting hospice services are offered in the person’s own home, long term care homes, retirement homes and both Belleville General and Trenton Memorial Hospitals. This care is provided by trained, experienced, and compassionate volunteers. Bereavement support groups are offered throughout the year at the Hospice Quinte office.
There are no fees for services to our patients and their families. Hospice Quinte is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization.
What is Hospice Palliative Care?
Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved.
Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A “family” is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends.
An important objective of palliative care is relief of pain and other symptoms. Palliative care meets not only physical needs, but also psychological, social, cultural, emotional, and spiritual needs of each person and family. Palliative care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Palliative care services help people in later life who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.
Quality hospice palliative care neither hastens death nor prolongs life. The goal of hospice palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.
Hospice Palliative Care Facts
- Only 16-30% of Canadians who die currently have access to, or receive, hospice palliative and end of life services; even fewer receive grief and bereavement services
- Canada has just 88 residential hospices, the majority in Ontario and the Montreal region; the rest of the country’s 28 hospices are spread mainly through British Columbia and Alberta
- Most of Canada’s hospices need to raise at least 50% of their operating costs privately; for Hospice Quinte it is 70%
- Without the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 volunteers who support palliative care programs hospices would be nonexistent; Hospice Quinte has over 140 dedicated volunteers
- 70% of deaths in Canada occur in hospitals, although, when asked, most people (75%) indicate they would like to die at home in the presence of loved ones
- Palliative home care and hospices generally cost the health care system much less per patient than admitting them to acute care hospitals. According to the 2015 Ontario Auditor General’s report, the cost of a residential hospice bed is $460 per day compared to $1,100 per day in an acute care hospital
- Based on the estimate of 54 hours per week required to care for a dying loved one, 64% of those polled indicated that they could not devote the estimated number of hours per week given their current schedule
- The Canadian Home Care Human Resources Study indicates that 65% of family caregivers are under 50 years of age, with 64% of them working full time, part time, or self employed