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A Centre of Excellence
for Residential & Outreach Services

Residential Hospices are a vitally-needed pillar in a well-planned, comprehensive, systemwide continuum of end of life care provided by an integrated interprofessional team working in lockstep.

The Horizons of Hope campaign is about much more than bricks and mortar. It is a fundamental recognition of the nature of terminal care and how it supports patients and families.

The project only begins in a state-of-the-art building but continues with extensive outreach and community programming. Services will reach families when patients are still at home, connect them with resources, and link multiple care providers throughout the end of life journey and provide support for family and caregivers after death.

Features and amenities

  • 25,000 square feet on 2 floors
  • 10 private, residential hospice rooms
  • Community living room, kitchen and eating area
  • Quiet room
  • Tub/shower room
  • Administrative offices
  • Children's play area
  • Consult rooms
  • Grooming and salons
  • Beautiful gardens, pathways and verandas
  • Day wellness program
  • Grief and bereavement program
  • Outreach community team
  • Resource library
  • In-home respite Volunteer Visiting Program
  • Bereavement support for both adults and children
  • Integration with community partners
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support for clients, caregivers and family members
  • Inter-professional education opportunities (Nurses, Personal Support Workers and Volunteers)
  • Consultative support for long term care

"Death can be painful and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Hospice-palliative care helps people live well right to the natural end of life. It’s what we all want, and what the system very much needs to serve our communities compassionately and effectively."

- Rick Firth, CEO, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

A perfect opportunity in a perfect location

The independent hospice, embedded within the non-hospital campus at West Park will put the right solution in the right location at the right time for Toronto. The 10-bed hospice will model best practices in residential care, and this location's proximity to synergistic community partners will position it to serve broadly as a Centre of Excellence.

Campus

The Hospice will be situated at the heart of a new, five-acre non-hospital complex at the eastern end of West Park’s property. It will be home to doctors’ offices, community non-profits, a dialysis centre, a pharmacy, and a range of like-minded partners and related services, who, working together, have the potential to share and consolidate resources and improve service to patients.

As another example of the emerging synergies, the Hazel Burns Hospice will merge with The Toronto Commandery Hospice from its inception. Hazel Burns currently supports those living with a life-limiting disease and is an established leader in volunteer-led community outreach and bereavement programming.

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