- What is a residential Hospice?
Hospice care is passive, not active. It involves minimal medical and maximum humanistic care. Hospice care does not aim to prolong life or prevent death. It aims to provide a secure and less threatening end of life to patients and their loved ones. Residential hospice care, free of the stress of hospital care is considered the gold standard. All aspects of care are provided in a manner that is sensitive to the resident’s and family’s personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs and practices. We will play a significant part in the continuum of palliative care services in the Districts of Nipissing and East Parry Sound. All end-of-life organizations will work together to provide expert palliative care services.
- Who will use the hospice?
Over the next 20 years, between 37,500 and 43,750 people in the District of Nipissing and Parry Sound are expected to be 65 plus years of age. This growing segment of our population along with those much younger and in between cannot escape one fact. We will all die one day. …. It’s inevitable.
- Where will it be built?
Nipissing Serenity Hospice will be built on 2.4 acres of land purchased from the City of North Bay for $1. It is located at 799 John Street, toward Laurier Woods and above Chippewa Creek. It is a quiet and serene location.
- When will it be built?
We are hoping to have our doors open by Spring 2019. Our fundraising teams are working extremely hard to raise the necessary funds and we are also applying for grants from a variety of foundations.
- How much will it cost?
Our “Building Dignity” Capital Campaign was launched in March 2016 with a projected capital cost of $6.2 million dollars. Our campaign committee is very busy seeking donations and pledges from across the region. We want to offer the community the opportunity to invest in this much needed project. Hospices operate at 1/3 of the cost of an acute care hospital setting. We can help take the financial pressure off of the hospital.
- How will ongoing operations be funded?
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, through the NE LHIN, will pay for the nursing care. We, as a regional community, will be responsible for the operational costs. We will raise funds through fundraising events, donations, and in Memoriam donations. Our model is built on the expertise of hospices throughout the province who continue to operate without funding shortfalls.