What is a residential hospice?

Nipissing Serenity Hospice assists terminally ill or at end of life people to live with dignity and comfort in a place that feels like home.

We are a 10-bed facility providing individual rooms for the privacy and comfort of residents, as well as accommodation for family or friends if they choose to spend the night with their loved one. Our facility has been built in a natural and serene setting on 2.4 acres above Chippewa Creek surrounded by the Northern landscape. For additional comfort our hospice has:

  • Therapeutic bath
  • 3-Season screened porch
  • Accommodations for family or friends to spend the night with their loved one
  • Play area for children
  • Communal kitchen and dining facilities
  • Lounge area
  • Sacred spaces for prayer, ceremony and contemplation
  • Private family room
  • Boardroom for medical or family meetings

We provide 24-hour nursing care for pain and symptom management as well as social, psychological, spiritual and practical support. We also offer grief and bereavement counselling for family and friends.

The average resident hospice stay is about 10 days, it may be shorter or longer depending on the patient.


Philosophy of care

The philosophy of care within a residential hospice setting is to provide care to residents with life-threating illness and their loved ones.

Hospice care focuses on pain and symptom management caused by illness. As well, providing psychosocial and spiritual care. Hospice care is to improve patient’s quality of life in their last moments of life.

Providing care to someone with a terminal illness is stressful and can be very exhausting. The hospice can help alleviate those stressors by providing care to the patient and support to their caregivers.

Palliative care:

  • Provides relief from pain and suffering
  • Recognize the importance of mental health and provide support to residents.
  • Offer grief and bereavement counselling to family and friends
  • To regard dying as a natural process in life
  • No intention of postponing death but to provide comfort and relief for residents going through the dying process


How do I get admitted

Anyone, at any age, that has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness with a life prognosis of fewer 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 Northeast Local Health Integrated Network Client Care Coordinator (CCC); including an assessment to determine eligibility for home care services.

The Care Coordinator (or designate) will review the referrals and waitlist frequently throughout the day and notify the LHIN with respect to whether the patient is eligible or ineligible for a residential hospice bed. The Care Coordinator will further advise if a bed is available or whether the resident has been added to the referral waiting list.

Admission will be based on which individual has the greatest need and in accordance with the Residential Hospice Admission Priority Tool.

For more information in regards to getting admitted into the hospice visit our Admission Process page.


For more information contact:

Lindsay Campbell BScN, RN, CHPCN(C), Care Coordinator