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The staff and volunteers welcome you and your family to Hospice Simcoe. We encourage you to make our residence your ‘home away from home’. The staff and volunteers will endeavour to provide you and your family with compassion, support and care during this time. Hospice Simcoe is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all traditions, cultures, abilities and lifestyles are celebrated and honoured. Privacy and confidentiality are respected and upheld by all staff and volunteers. We are committed to person-centred care which respects and values the individual’s right to dignity and self-determination when it comes to their end of life experience.
what you need to know
A referral request must go to the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) 705-721-8010. The LHIN will complete an assessment and referral prior to admission to Hospice Simcoe. The request can come from a physician, client or substitute decision maker for the client. We encourage people to include hospice care in end of life planning as part of advance care planning. Admission to Hospice Simcoe residence is based on a triage assessment tool that identifies the person most needing an admission.
Hospice Simcoe does not charge for our programs/ services. We rely on donations, including in memoriam gifts, general donations and third party events for 50% of our operating costs.
The average length of stay that someone stays at Hospice Simcoe is 14 days. However; it can be as brief as a few hours up to a few months. Care is a client centred approach meeting the needs of clients and families.
The residential program is for individuals and families who can benefit from an alternate choice other than their home or hospital. The criteria for admission to the residential home includes having a diagnosis of a life threatening illness with a prognosis of less than 3 months. The LHIN will assess eligibility and Hospice Simcoe will triage clients when they are ready for admission.
Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with or dying from advanced illness. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both the person and family when a cure is no longer. An important objective of palliative care is to relieve pain, suffering and other symptoms. Palliative care meets not only the physical needs, but also the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family. Hospice palliative care helps people to live out remaining time with comfort and dignity in a homelike environment while receiving exemplary, compassionate 24/7 nursing care.