Residential hospice is about caring not curing, and the time to care is NOW
Campaign GOAL: $15 MILLION
UPDATE July 2020
Our campaign for comfort, care, compassion in Durham Region
Durham Region Hospice – Whitby VON and Durham Region Hospice – Clarington are getting closer to achieving the Comfort, Care, Compassion fundraising goal: 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. After a brief hiatus due to the global pandemic, we are happy to report we are continuing our campaign!
We have been reaching out to individuals, community organizations, corporations and all levels of government…the response has been extremely positive.
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 (nine 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 acute care hospital bed costs approximately $1100 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 $460 per day.
The numbers speak for themselves – there is an undeniable need for residential hospice care in our community.