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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hospice Planned for Brockton

Brockton | by John Divinski  

Temporary hospice site to open at HDH by March 2018 followed by a permanent 6 beds in Brockton by 2020.

Bruce County Council has learned that there could be a Residential Hospice sattelite facility in Brockton in the future.

The Executive Director of Chapman House in Owen Sound, Alex Hector says their goal is to provide palliative services to patients as close to their residence as possible thereby reducing deaths in a hospital.

Surveys show 90% of individuals would prefer spending their last moments of their lives in their own home or a residential hospice.

Hector says plans call for a temporary hospice site to open at Hanover District Hospital by March 31st, 2018 followed by a permanent 6 bed satellite site located in Brockton by 2020.

Lisa Penner, South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Hospice Palliative Care Network Lead, says they have applied to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for capital funding.

There has been no indication that they will get the capital funds, estimated to be $200,000 per bed.

Penner says it's the first time such money has been offered but many groups are going after the same funds.

If the facility is a go, it will be up to the LHIN and the general public to fund the operational costs.

The LHIN has indicated their share would be about $100,000 per bed per year.

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