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!


Residential hospice is about caring not curing, and the time to care is NOW

Campaign GOAL: $15 MILLION

Our campaign for comfort, care, compassion in Durham Region

Durham Region Hospice – Whitby VON and Durham Region Hospice – Clarington have kicked off Comfort, Care, Compassion, a $15 million capital campaign to raise the funding required to support the construction of two new residential hospices in Durham Region. The campaign launched in February 2018 to support individuals facing a palliative care diagnosis.

Throughout the campaign, we will be reaching out to individuals, community organizations, corporations and all levels of government as we work toward our goal.

Campaign background

Residential hospice provides comfort, care and compassion at the end of life in a non-institutional setting. Governments around the world, including in Ontario, recognize the value of providing quality end-of-life care as part of the continuum of health-care services and with that recognition in mind, 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.

The annual cost of hospital end-of-life care in Ontario is valued at $4.7 billion, and a typical hospital bed costs approximately $850 per day, marking a considerable drain on the province’s health-care system. Those costs become even more significant when considering that only five per cent of annual expected deaths require care in a hospital setting. The remaining 95 per cent can be better managed in a residential hospice care centre, which has an estimated cost of only $439 per day.

The numbers speak for themselves – there is an undeniable need for residential hospice care in our community.

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
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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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