Comfort, Care, Compassion: bringing residential hospice care to Durham Region

There is an undeniable need for palliative care in Durham Region – help us bring residential hospice care to our community!

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Comfort, Care, Compassion: bringing residential hospice care to Durham Region

There is an undeniable need for palliative care in Durham Region – help us bring residential hospice care to our community!

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HOSPICE BEDS NEEDED IN DURHAM REGION.

0

HOSPICE CARE CENTRES IN DURHAM REGION.

4.7 billion

THE ANNUAL COST OF END-OF-LIFE CARE IN ONTARIO.

850

THE COST OF A HOSPITAL BED PER DAY.

439

THE COST OF A HOSPICE BED PER DAY.

5

EXPECTED DEATHS THAT SHOULD BE MANAGED IN A HOSPITAL.

95

EXPECTED DEATHS THAT CAN BE BETTER MANAGED IN A HOSPICE SETTING.

15 million

15 MILLION: OUR GOAL – HELP US BRING RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE CARE HOME TO DURHAM REGION!

Comfort, Care, Compassion

To better serve individuals in our community who are facing a palliative diagnosis, in February 2018, Durham Region Hospice, a partnership between Durham Hospice and VON Durham Community Corporation, launched Comfort, Care, Compassion, a $15-million capital campaign to support the construction of two new residential hospices in Durham Region and bring this much needed resource to our community.

Hospice care focuses on living – not dying. Individuals are empowered to choose how they navigate their final journeys, and their families receive support in preparing for their loved one’s last stages of life. A five-bed site in Clarington and 10-bed site in Whitby will provide free and meaningful care in a supportive, flexible and home-like environment. Residents will be cared for by an interdisciplinary team of health-care professionals and volunteers who will assist the medical team with comfort measures and pain and symptom management.

Once constructed, these new state-of-the-art facilities will offer private rooms, free parking, unrestricted visiting hours and the ability to live freely, including flexible meals based on each resident’s choice, continuing to live with pets, bathing/showering at leisure, going outside when desired and access to a wide range of non-medical service and program options including spiritual and emotional supports, arts and music and holistic healing practices.

Hospice is about caring, not curing, and the time to care is now. Donate today.

The Comfort, Care, Compassion campaign is running in tandem with the Building for Compassionate Care campaign that launched in October 2017 in support of the planned Oak Ridges Hospice in Port Perry.

Campaign goal

Durham Region Hospice is committed to building residential hospice in Clarington (five beds) and Whitby (10 beds), enabling Durham Region to help serve approximately 200 to 300 residents and their families per year.

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Ways to donate

Every single donation will help Durham Region Hospice bring much-needed residential hospice care to Durham Region through the construction of Durham Region Hospice – Whitby VON and Durham Region Hospice – Clarington.

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Get involved

As we work to raise the funds required to build two residential hospices in Durham Region and help provide support for those with a palliative care diagnosis, we need your support!

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The Oxford Dictionary defines COMFORT as: "a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint; a person or thing that contributes to physical ease and well-being; the easing or alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress; to strengthen, give support, to console".

The term "comfort care" is often used synonymously with the term "palliative care." Comprehensive palliative care, which includes pain and symptom management, support for patient and family, and the opportunity to achieve meaningful closure to life. When comfort care is provided properly, it can ensure a dignified death for most incurably ill patients. Importantly, it also means exploring what gives meaning to a patient at the end of his or her life.

Hospice medical care is designed to provide comfort and dignity when curative therapy is no longer appropriate. It offers control of pain and other symptoms as well as emotional and spiritual support. This approach has been comprehensively developed within the hospice movement which provides specialized medical, nursing and support services for terminally ill patients and their families.

This is the standard of care for the dying that Durham Region Hospice is committed to providing our community through the 10-bed and 5-bed residences in Whitby and Clarington, respectively.

Please support these much-needed residences by donating today to our capital campaign. For ways to donate, visit our website at durhamregionhospice.ca.
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Compassion is an emotional response to the suffering of others. Once felt, it entails subsequent action to help relieve their suffering. Recently, ‘compassion’ has become the flagship concept to be fostered in the delivery of end-of-life care, and a rallying call for social action and public health intervention.

Compassion is not merely a passive sense of pity, it is also about engagement—seeking to assist those whose suffering can be helped by our actions. Compassion has emotional, social and practical dimensions... it goes to the heart of what it is to be human and to exist in relationships, caring for our own welfare and also that of other people.

Compassion has come to occupy an important place within the caring and healthcare disciplines. It is recognised as a critical aspect of the art of nursing and medicine, and is considered essential if patient and family needs are to be met.

Residential hospices can provide the compassionate care that is so necessary to patients and their families who are facing end-of-life issues. There is a need in the Durham Region for residential hospices.

Help Durham Region Hospice in its capital campaign to build much-needed 10-bed and 5-bed hospices by making a donation today.
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