Ontario is committing to invest up to $1.05 million annually in Matthews House Hospice, once construction of its new 10-bed care hospice is completed.
The province will provide annual funding for four existing hospice beds beginning this year and funding for six additional beds will be provided once construction on the expanded hospice is complete in spring 2018.
The new palliative care hub will feature:
This new investment will help Matthews House Hospice to serve up to 172 more clients annually at the end of life and provide support to their families in South Simcoe and the surrounding area. In addition, Matthews House Hospice will be able to reallocate dollars raised by the community to improve community-based education, visiting hospice care, day programming and outreach, thereby improving access to high quality hospice palliative care for up to 400 more clients and their families at home.
This investment supports Ontario's commitment to strengthen access to palliative care across the province. In the 2016 Budget, Ontario invested an additional $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to community-based palliative and end-of-life care. This includes a $13.9 million increase in funding for existing hospice beds across the province and funding to support the commitment to expand hospice care to include up to 20 new hospices across Ontario at the new funding rate.
This funding will help ensure high-quality hospice palliative care remains in the community for future generations and will enhance compassionate end-of-life support that relieves suffering and improves the quality of living and dying.
Strengthening palliative care is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come. It is also part of Ontario's Patients First: Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which is the government's plan to improve and expand home and community care over the next three years.
"Hospices provide Ontarians and their families with high quality compassionate palliative care. This new funding will help to strengthen the critical role that Matthews House Hospice has played within the community, and is an important part of our commitment to expand hospice palliative care across the province."
- Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
" Hospices are special places that provide compassionate care to patients and families at a challenging time in their lives. They are a critical part of Ontario's plan to ensure access to high-quality hospice palliative care."
- John Fraser
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"Investing in palliative and end-of-life care is critical to ensuring everyone lives out their life with a sense of dignity, surrounded by love and supported by a caring community. Matthews House has played a vital role in local health care, and will continue to do so well into the future."
- Ann Hoggarth
Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie
"Matthews House Hospice is thrilled to receive this annual funding for our four residential hospice beds in South Simcoe. For years, the care provided to the South Simcoe community by Matthews House has been supported generously through a partnership of local donors and volunteers; and now the Ontario government has joined our journey. This government support is crucial to help meet the growing need and demand for care at Matthews House."
- Marv Chantler
Vice President, Matthews House Hospice, Retired Farmer
"Matthews House Hospice provides comfort, dignity and personalized care to our loved ones in their last days. It is heartening to see the support from the provincial government that will ensure the sustainability of this vital service in our community."
- Kathryn Mooij
daughter of Bunty, Matthews House Hospice client
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