Things have never been easy for Hospice North Hastings. The local-not-for-profit provides free programs and services each year to 1,200 people in our community and all of this is done without government health care dollars.
This past year they found out that the government had mandated that all care homes, no matter their size, have a sprinkler system installed which cost Hospice $35,000. After completing the sprinkler project, Hospice received a grant for partial funding for a new main floor patient suite and the funds had to be spent by mid-June of this year. Now that these two projects have been completed, Hospice is inviting the community to come for a tour and celebrate.
For those who have never been in the Hospice House for North Hastings, it is truly a whole house and when a patient moves in to receive end of life care, family members, friends and neighbours often come along.
“We had two patient rooms and a family sleep room on the second floor as it was,” Brough explains. “Now we have added to that with a main floor patient suite. Families continue to have use of the whole house including the kitchen, dining room, living room and gardens.”
Brough says this is how Hospice is different.
“We care for the patient and all members of the family as they move through this difficult time,” Brough says. “The Hospice model of care is holistic and we try to meet everyone’s needs by creating the best possible home environment.”
After months of construction, the new patient suite is ready to be officially opened and the space is beautiful. It’s bright, open and airy. The floor to ceiling windows look out over the back garden and natural light streams in.
“We put in the huge windows because patients in our upstairs rooms had mentioned how much they liked looking outside,” Brough says. “We’re happy that we could make this happen.”
The community is invited to view the new suite and enjoy refreshments on July 28 from 3 – 5pm at the Hospice House for North Hastings at 27 Bridge Street East in Bancroft. Joining the Hospice Team in the kitchen for the opening event will be Hospice supporter, MP Mike Bossio.
“Everyone is welcome,” Brough says. “The community built this new suite and we want to make sure that everyone knows that when there is a need – Hospice is ready to help. So please come and help us celebrate this achievement.”
Every year North Hastings residents are supported at the Hospice House for North Hastings. There is also a visiting Hospice program that provides care in a patient’s home as well as a medical equipment loan cupboard and a day program for caregivers. All of the programs and services are provided free of charge thanks to donations, funds from the All Occasion Event Rental business and now, from shows at the Bancroft Village Playhouse. The new patient suite now allows for even more care to be provided in our community.