The Hospice Minimizes Suffering In The Final Days Of Life, In A Setting That Feels Like Home.
Within our temporary space, the Hospice has provided expert end-of-life care to nearly 300 patients from across Grey and Bruce, while supporting the families in their journey. In the spring of 2016 construction began on a permanent, free-standing residential hospice to be named Chapman House.
The new community-owned, community-operated facility will be able to serve more loved ones from our region, in a space purpose-built for the care we provide. But because there is no government funding available to support the construction of hospices in Ontario, this project will be funded entirely by donation. Your support, even a thoughtful gift of $50 or $100, will help us meet our goal.
Add Your Name to a Good Cause
There are a number of ways that you can support the construction of Chapman House, including a limited number of naming opportunities. Use the button below for a list of sponsorships that have been claimed and those still available.
Prefer not to Donate Online?
If you prefer not to donate online, you can visit our volunteer office on Carney Lane in Owen Sound, or contact us by email or phone. See the Contact page for details.
Hike For Hospice
Each year on the first Sunday of May, communities across Canada participate in a national day of action raising funds and awareness for local hospice palliative care services through the Hike For Hospice. And though it is a national event, all funds raised locally go toward local palliative care initiatives. This is the fifth year that Hikes across our region will be held in support of the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce and the soon to be open Chapman House.
In Ontario, residential hospices are funded by the provincial government for only a portion of their operation – making a contribution specific to the costs associated with the salaries of nursing and personal support work at the bedside. This means all other aspects of any hospice’s operation, such as medical equipment, patient meals and other comforts, are supported by the community. This is why events like the Hike For Hospice are so important.
This year’s Hike is Sunday May 7th and we are fortunate to have volunteer coordinators hosting events in Cargill, Hanover, Markdale, Meaford and Owen Sound. The success of these Hikes will help ensure that we will be able to continue to offer, at no cost to the patient or their family, exceptional care to loved ones across Grey and Bruce who are in the final stages of their life.
Volunteer at the Hospice
YOU’VE GIVEN IT THOUGHT.
YOU WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO FEEL A SENSE OF PURPOSE.
SOMEONE GAVE TO YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES IN THEIR FINAL DAYS, AND YOU WANT TO PAY IT FORWARD.
YOU HAVE TALENTS THAT ARE READY TO BE SHARED FOR A FEW HOURS A WEEK.
YOU ARE READY.
At Chapman House, we rely on volunteers to donate thousands of heartfelt hours to take care of this hospice home and its residents and families. We have a carefully chosen team of volunteers that undergo training specific to their roles aside and from direct medical care. Here is a sample of some opportunities that we are inviting you to explore:
RECEPTIONIST: A friendly welcoming presence who greets visitors, answers the telephone and relays messages, providing directions within the hospice, assisting with signing in/out, small administrative tasks.
RESIDENT & FAMILY CARE: These volunteers – under the supervision of nursing staff, visit with the terminally ill, meet them “where they are” and assist as necessary.
KITCHEN: To assist the chef in all aspects of making & delivering meals. Assuring the residents are nourished in more ways than one.
MAINTENANCE: To assist staff with tasks of maintaining this house inside and out. “Jack or Jill “of all trades at times physically demanding, yet immensely rewarding.
GARDENING: Who doesn’t enjoy looking at a well-kept garden in bloom? Volunteers assist with planting, trimming, watering, digging, transplanting – all with a green thumb and warm heart.
LAUNDRY: As a specialized volunteer, you will load, unload, fold, & store freshly laundered linens for the household residents under the supervision of our nursing staff.
There are a variety of other opportunities to volunteer as well on occasion. Just ask! We welcome you to fill out the application below so we can contact you and help find a position that suits you and meets the needs of our residents and their community home.
NOTE: WHILE WE APPRECIATE ALL OFFERS OF HELP, IF YOU HAVE DEALT WITH DEATH, LOSS AND BEREAVEMENT WITHIN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, WE ASK THAT YOU WAIT UNTIL A YEAR HAS PASSED BEFORE VOLUNTEERING.
In Their Words
Watch the video below to discover how hospice helps loved ones to die with dignity.
Facts & Figures
Download the presentation below to find out why hospice makes sense.