BRUCE POWER DONATES $75,000 TO HURON SHORES HOSPICE
May 24, 2017
A $75,000 donation from Bruce Power will help the Huron Shores Hospice committee open a one-bed residential hospice in 2017.
Huron Shores Hospice, which aims to open a centre for excellence in hospice palliative care in southern Bruce County, will open its first bed in Tiverton Park Manor this year, said Cheryl Cottrill, chair of the committee.
“The core values that will guide our decisions and actions while providing hospice palliative care are compassion, dignity, collaboration, accountability, excellence, and respect for diversity,” Cottrill said.
The second phase of the project will be to operate a stand-alone, three-bed residential hospice in 2019-20, depending on funding from the Southwest Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and fundraising. Phase III, in 2021, will incorporate a day-wellness, respite care, and online networks that allow patients and caregivers to ask for help from the community and acute illness care planning, dependent on community and LHIN funding, she added.
Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, said residential hospice care is becoming more important with the area’s aging population.
“By matching a 2016 donation to the Owen Sound hospice project, Bruce Power is extending its commitment to the people of Grey and Bruce counties, whose families may be impacted by these compassionate organizations during a difficult time in their life,” Rencheck said.
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LINDA BOWERS PROVIDES GENEROUS DONATION!
Huron Shores Hospice was recently the beneficiary of a very generous donation from local realty broker, Linda Bowers of Royal LePage Exchange Realty in Kincardine. Seen here receiving the cheque from Linda (ctr) is Joan Eaglesham (l) and Peggy Zeppieri(r), members of the Huron Shores Hospice Board of Directors. The funds will help the organization toward its goal of improving hospice services in the community.
HIKE FOR HOSPICE 2017 MAY 14th
ANOTHER CORE FUNDAMENTALS COURSE OPENS UP
The Southwest Local Health Inrtegration Network has added two more options for taking the Core Fundamentals of Palliative Hospice Care locally. Courses will be offered in Hanover and Owen Sound during May and June. Fill out the form below and follow instructions there for sending in your registration for the course. Remember that Huron Shores Hospice will reimburse you for the cost of the course if you become a volunteer with our organization!
Residential hospice coming to Kincardine
Duncan Hawthorne honorary chair of fundraising campaign
By Barb McKay
Planning is underway to open a residential hospice in Kincardine.
Huron Shores Hospice will offer compassionate, dignified and holistic end-of-life care in a home-like setting. Efforts began three years ago by a volunteer steering committee made up of local residents Peggy Zeppieri, Cheryl Cottrill and Joan Eaglesham, and after a great deal of research and site visits to several hospices across southwestern Ontario, a business plan is complete and will be submitted to the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) this month.
“This is about enhancing what services are already here in the community,” Cottrill said.
There are currently well-run services available, including a volunteer hospice visiting program, but what is lacking is a physical setting to provide end-of-life care for individuals who are terminally ill.
“We saw it as a real gap in service for the community,” Cottrill said.
Individuals in this area requiring palliative care are limited in their choices. They can remain at home and receive care, which can be limited or costly or require a family member to act as caregiver. They may have the option to stay with a family member or be placed in long-term care facility, which may be in another community. The closest hospice to Kincardine is Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce in Owen Sound, which has six beds and is often at capacity.
Huron Shores Hospice will be developed in two phases, beginning with a one-bed suite in an existing facility in the municipality of Kincardine with a goal of building a stand-alone residential hospice. The suite will provide a separate room for family members, and will be designed to be as home-like as possible.
“It is really about living well until you die,” Cottrill said.
Residential hospices allow individuals to live out their remaining days in comfort by incorporating as many elements of their home life as possible. They can have their pets visit them, even bring in their own furniture, all while receiving 24-hour care from qualified health care providers at no cost. It also offers respite for family members who have taken on the role of caregiver.
“It is hard to be a caregiver and still be a daughter or friend,” Eaglesham said. “It changes the relationship.”
Removing family members from the caregiver role allows them to enjoy the time they have left with their loved one.
The steering committee sees the hospice as a community project that will allow organizations providing palliative care services to work in co-ordination. In addition to the nursing staff, the hospice will require the efforts of volunteers to carry out non-medical tasks, such as driving, family support or even dog walking.
A hospice in the community will also help to reduce emergency room visits for individuals who require end-of-life care and use of acute care beds.
“We’re really pleased that this initiative is finally moving forward, and we’re heartened to see that it’s a grass roots effort addressing locally identified needs,” Kincardine hospital chief of staff Dr. Lisa Roth said. “It’s an important service — an important part of an integrated system of care for our patients at end-of-life.”
The committee is relying on the community for fundraising to support the first phase of the project, prior to SW LHIN approval. Zeppieri said it could be several years before the hospice receives provincial funding allowing the second phase to proceed. Provincial funding when in place covers the cost of staffing only.
The committee got a healthy kick start to its fundraising campaign last week when former Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne and his wife Lesley pledged $20,000 to the effort. Hawthorne has also taken on the role of honorary chair of the fundraising campaign.
Prior to leaving for the U.K. last week, Hawthorne was presented with a sketch of Kincardine and Southampton lighthouses by artist Scott Duncan, commissioned by members of the health community to commemorate Hawthorne’s personal contribution to health care within the local communities. The Hawthornes have offered the profits from the sale of 100 limited edition prints of the sketch to go to the operating costs of Huron Shores Hospice. The prints will be available for purchase for $199.
“People have the right to die with dignity and this community needs this,” Hawthorne said. “I’d like to give it a chance.”
He gave credit to the steering committee for taking on the initiative.
“It takes champions to start it off. I like to help people who help themselves.”
The committee is grateful for the high profile support and the vote of confidence.
“We are thrilled with Duncan’s commitment to Huron Shores Hospice, and look forward to working with him to realize our vision of a new compassionate and holistic service for our local families who need end-of-life support,” Zeppieri said.
They are also thankful for the support they have received from other hospices across the region, including Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce for assisting them in developing the business plan.
The Huron Shores Hospice steering committee plans to hold a public information session in the fall. For further information or to pre-order a limited edition print, email firstname.lastname@example.org.