We are here to support you when a cure is no longer possible and a palliative approach to care have been decided. We will work with you to ensure that the admission process is stress free.
- Speak to your loved one about hospice admission.
- If you would like, arrange a tour.
- Request an application be submitted to Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS) by your primary care provider.
Our team will assess eligibility and liaise with your loved one’s care team to arrange placement when appropriate.
Anyone, at any age, that has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness with a life prognosis of less than 3 months can get admitted to our hospice.
If the admission criteria are met, a standard referral is completed for each prospective resident by a Home and Community Care and Support Services (HCCSS) Care Coordinator; which includes an assessment to determine eligibility for home care services.
Our Manager of Hospices Services will review the referrals and waitlist frequently throughout the day and notify HCCSS with respect to whether the resident is eligible or ineligible for a residential hospice bed.
Admission will be based on which individual has the greatest need and in accordance with the Residential Hospice Admission Priority Tool.
Nipissing Serenity Hospice’s Clinical Admission Criteria are as follows; the client shall:
- Have a terminal illness
- Have a Palliative Performance Score of 30% or less (or aggressive life-limiting disease/illness i.e. discontinuing hemodialysis, discontinuing life-sustaining blood transfusions)
- Have a prognosis of less than 3 months
- Be a client of the Home and Community Care Support Service (HCCSS) and have a valid Ontario Health Card
- Have a signed do-not-resuscitate order (DNR)
- Understand the philosophy of care
- Consent to hospice referral
- Reside in or have a loved one who resides in the Nipissing or East Parry Sound district
- Accept to comply with the smoke-free/scent-free policy
- Have care needs that can be met within the residential care environment
Nipissing Serenity Hospice will be alerted to any:
- Communicable disease(s)
- History of abusive, aggressive, or wandering behaviours
- History or presence of family/intimate partner violence
If the above criteria are met, a standard referral is completed for each prospective resident by a Home and Community Care Support Services Care Coordinator; including an assessment to determine eligibility for home care services. The Care Coordinator will notify HCCSS with respect to whether the resident is eligible or ineligible for a residential hospice bed.
Our Manager of Hospice Services will further advise if a bed is available or whether the resident has been added to the referral waiting list.
If a request is received from anyone other than the HCCSS, the person will be advised that they must contact the HCCSS Care Coordinator to request that a referral be made to Nipissing Serenity Hospice.
If a bed is available, the Care Coordinator will notify HCCSS and the primary care physician.
- Admission will be based on which individual has the greatest need and in accordance with the Residential Hospice Admission Priority Tool.
- Residents can be admitted 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Referral Waiting List:
When a residential bed is not available, all appropriate referrals will be placed on the referral waitlist.
For more information contact:
Lindsey Jones, Manager of Hospice Services