The Time Is Now For A Residential Hospice In Kingston
Hospice Kingston and its partners are committed to enhancing healthcare in our community. Kingstonians deserve to have access to a full range of healthcare options – as is the case with other communities in Ontario – and this includes hospice care in a residential setting.
Kingston is known as a leader in healthcare with premiere facilities, specialists, leading-edge researchers and innovative healthcare delivery. Yet, the choice to live one’s last days in a residential hospice has been missing from the continuum of care in our community.
A residential hospice will offer an essential choice to individuals for whom dying at home is not an option and alleviate the pressures on acute-care resources.
We can no longer ignore the increasingly complex healthcare needs of an aging population and the challenge it presents to the healthcare system. We must begin by taking the next step in improving access to quality end-of-life care by building a residential hospice in Kingston.
Building A Place Of Compassion & Care
This is a remarkable time for Hospice Kingston. For over 30 years we have provided comfort, support and companionship to individuals and families living with a life-limiting illness or coping with grief and loss. We are proud of our past and determined about our future. We are realizing our long-term goal to establish Kingston’s first residential hospice.
Everyone’s end-of-life is sacred. Hospice Kingston understands and respects the impact of a seamless transition during and after a death. Living and dying well helps to create a healthy culture and a strong community for all of us.
With a homelike environment, people in their last few weeks of life will have many of the comforts of home combined with access to specialized care and will benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach. From music therapy to pet therapy, care will be holistic and both person and family-centred.
A New Era For End-of-Life Care
A residential hospice will offer an essential choice to individuals for whom dying at home is not an option and alleviate the pressures on acute-care resources. With a homelike environment, people in their last few weeks of life will have many of the comforts of home combined with access to specialized care and will benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach. NOTE: Image from Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
Education: A Teaching Hospice
Kingston is an innovator in healthcare, research and education. Hospice Kingston believes that innovative and collaborative thinking must be a key element in the continuum of care for the future. The residential hospice will be designed to accommodate a variety of educational and teaching activities with Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College.
A Seamless Transition in Care & Support
Hospice Kingston offers compassionate supportive care services aimed at providing emotional, social and spiritual support. Care is for the whole person and is centered around their experiences while improving their overall well-being. Hospice Kingston will integrate all its services into the residential hospice to ensure a seamless transition in care and support. NOTE: Image from Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
Volunteers: "The Heart of Hospice"
Hospice Kingston volunteers are an exceptional group of caring and compassionate people who offer support to individuals and their families and allow caregivers respite. In a residential hospice setting, volunteers will have an even greater opportunity to contribute, as their efforts will allow staff to provide enhanced services to individuals and families in the residence.
A Sustainable Future
Residential hospices have demonstrated that they are highly cost-effective and provide a more appropriate care setting for individuals, while improving overall financial sustainability when end-of-life care is shifted from hospital to residential hospice care. Building a sustainable future in healthcare involves constant collaboration, effectiveness and accountability at all levels. NOTE: Image from Stedman Community Hospice
Living and dying well helps to create a healthy culture and a strong community for all of us. Your commitment will create a culture of strength, acceptance and support for the living and dying in our community and leave a legacy to ensure that individuals and their families and friends will have dignity, quality and meaning in their final days. NOTE: Image of Hospice Gardens, The Walk in City Park