Hospice care has a long history in the region, based on the simple principle of helping people.
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 the programs continue to be offered by VON/Durham Hospice (insert link).
It was always the vision of Durham Hospice’s Board to one day open a hospice residence 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 is now being realized as work is under way to bring a nine-bed hospice residence to Clarington.
At the same time, the VON Community Corporation Board in Whitby had a similar vision. In the summer of 2017 the Ministry of Health for the Province of Ontario gave approval to both groups to proceed with bringing hospice residences to Clarington and Whitby.
In February of 2018, Durham Region Hospice, a partnership between Durham Hospice and VON Durham, launched a capital campaign to build two hospice residences: a 10-bed facility in the Town of Whitby and a nine-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.