Tiverton Park Manor, Tiverton, ON – February 6, 2022 Cheryl Cottrill receives additional one-time funding on behalf of Huron Shores Hospice to off-set costs associated with COVID-19.
Huron Shores Hospice is receiving an additional $47,500 from the Ontario government, as part of the government’s $23 million investment in hospice care across the province. This additional one-time funding represents a 45% increase from the previous year bringing the 2021-22 funding total to $152,500.
The money announced late in 2021 will help to offset the additional costs the hospice incurred while operating throughout the pandemic for additional staffing to replace locked-down volunteers and additional staffing hours to look after COVID protocols and changes to procedures.
“Continued support for Huron Shores Hospice is very important because our government values the incredible, caring environment it provides people looking for sincere and focused end of life care,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.
“I recognize how Huron Shores Hospice has become a compassionate home-away-from-home when necessary, and that is a true testament to the community’s appreciation of the hospice’s leadership, volunteers and supporters who are dedicated to ensuring people have the unconditional, wrap-around supports in their time of need.”
The Ontario government is investing up to $23 million in hospice residences across the province to help them continue to provide high-quality, compassionate end-of-life services and care to people and their loved ones. This funding is a part of the government’s comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, ensuring that people can access high-quality care in the right settings now and in the future.
“We are truly grateful to the Ontario government for their continued investment in hospice care in our community and the recognition of how the additional costs for staffing and infection protection has impacted our budget during the pandemic, said Cathy Herbert, Executive Director, Huron Shores Hospice. “This increase will cover our additional costs, alleviating the need to increase our community fundraising efforts at a time when fundraising has been difficult. We are very grateful for Minister Thompson advocating on our behalf.”
Huron Shores Hospice is a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-led, community-funded residential hospice, providing free quality end-of-life care, at no cost, to residents of Saugeen Shores, Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and surrounding areas.
Huron Shores Hospice also provides free programs for Grief Recovery, End of Life Doula services, Death Cafes and End-of-Life Planning workshops.
MPP, Lisa Thompson speaks about the importance of Hospice care in our community: