Durham Hospice has a long history in the region, based on the simple principle of helping people.
Durham Hospice is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides practical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals facing advanced illness and death. Its mandate has always been to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with critical illness, as well as the best care and support for their families. Durham Hospice provides free and meaningful care to Durham residents and their families.
Durham Hospice began in 1991, providing numerous invaluable services to the community both in-home and at its local office. These services included: palliative care, bereavement counselling, group sessions, respite services, caregiver support, child and youth grief support, transportation assistance, information and education including library resources.
In 2015, Durham Hospice transferred its programs and services to VON Canada/Durham Region. All of our programs continued to be offered by VON/Durham Hospice.
However, it was always the vision of Durham Hospice’s staff and governing Board to one day open a residential hospice in the region; a place that would focus on providing a warm, caring, compassionate home-like environment to help individuals and their families cope with and prepare for this final stage of life. This vision has now been realized.
In February of 2018, Durham Region Hospice, a partnership between Durham Hospice and VON Durham, launched a capital campaign to build two residential hospices: a 10-bed facility in the Town of Whitby and a 9-bed facility in the Municipality of Clarington. Once constructed, both locations will offer private rooms, parking facilities, unrestricted visiting hours for family including pet visits and the ability for the resident to live freely and comfortably with dignity and support.