Increased End-of-Life Care Options
The focus of health care is shifting away from the hospital to the community. There are 26 communities across our province with hospice care beds, but currently there are none within the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) catchment area which stretches from Victoria Park (Scarborough) to Algonquin Park. Hospice Peterborough will be the first hospice care centre within the Central East LHIN, serving 135,000 people and their families in the City and County of Peterborough. By population, the Peterborough region has fallen far behind other Ontario municipalities in not having such a facility. As one of the oldest demographics in the country, our city urgently requires a new option for end-of-life care.
Hospice care is less expensive than care in a hospital. Hospital Palliative Care Ontario states that the cost of a hospital palliative care bed is approximately $850 a day ($768 per patient days at Peterborough Regional Health Centre – December 2012) while it is $439 a day in a hospice care centre. Where no palliative care beds or hospice beds are available, acute care beds are used at a cost of $1,200 per day.
The Hospice Peterborough Care Centre will provide continuous professional care, in a tranquil environment for people at end of life, where the focus will be on compassionate care, in a space that is equally comforting and supportive for family members. Once at full capacity, the hospice care beds will accommodate approximately 260 individuals a year. The new Hospice Care Centre will enable us to provide a continuum of care from the point of diagnosis, through illness, death and bereavement, in one location.
Whether you are living with a life-threatening illness, caring for someone or grieving, Hospice Peterborough can help guide you through all the challenges, changes and difficult decisions you and your family are facing. Your hopes, your priorities, your comfort and your quality of life, define our care.