Ontario Expanding Access to End-of-Life Care in Sudbury
More Patients to Receive Quality Palliative Care
Ontario is helping more patients receive quality end-of-life care closer to home by increasing the number of hospice beds and improving hospice facilities in Sudbury.
Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury, was at the Maison McCulloch Hospice to announce that through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the province will provide three additional adult residential hospice beds, six short-stay respite beds and one new pediatric multi-use suite that can also be used for staff training at Maison McCulloch Hospice.
This funding will also support facility improvements including additional space for programs and services and an extension to the boardwalk at the hospice.
Expanding access to compassionate palliative and end-of-life care is part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from ages 2.5 to kindergarten.
- The NOHFC is investing $2 million for the expansion of the Maison McCulloch Hospice. This investment will make pediatric hospice care available in the area for the first time.
- The Maison McCulloch Hospice admitted more than 800 residents between 2011 and 2016.
- Residential hospices provide expert care in a home-like environment, giving families and friends the space and care they need to be with their loved ones at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.
- Since 2013, the province has invested more than $654 million through the NOHFC in over 4,000 projects, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in direct economic activity and creating or sustaining over 15,200 jobs in Northern Ontario.
- In the Greater Sudbury area, the NOHFC has invested more than $134 million in 793 projects that have helped create or retain more than 2,456 jobs since 2013.
“Facilities like the Maison McCulloch Hospice provide critical care for patients and families at great times of need. This important investment will help ensure those who need end-of-life care in Sudbury can receive the support they need closer to home.”
“The new expansion of the Maison McCulloch Hospice will provide our community with four more spaces as well as the means to address the complexities of palliative care. An expanded hospice will allow for more service, a new pediatric multi-use suite, and six short-stay respite beds. By continuing to invest in healthcare in Sudbury, and throughout the province, we are doing more to care for Ontarians at every stage of life.”