Our residential hospice is staffed with nurses and personal support workers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the average daily cost per bed of close to $500 is less than half the cost of a hospital bed in Ontario. We provide an invaluable service to our community, as efficiently as we can. Unfortunately, although the Province of Ontario fully supports the palliative care we provide, funding is only provided for nursing and personal support worker staffing. This means all other aspects of our operation such as patient meals, medical equipment and the comfort of our rooms are only possible through donation. Each year we rely heavily on our community to help cover these costs and make ends meet. It’s simply the reality of a health care system that’s stretched to its financial limits, regardless of which political party is in power.
Families of patients often ask what they can do to express their appreciation to our highly skilled team of professionals. Naturally, we hope you will tell them directly how wonderful they are! Beyond that, though, for families that have the financial means to voluntarily assist us, we gratefully accept donations to help ensure we can continue to provide end-of-life care at no cost.
With the centralized team of experienced palliative care experts now in place in Owen Sound, our future vision is to extend capacity well beyond the 6 beds that currently receive funding, aligning with the needs of a uniquely ageing demographic here in Grey Bruce.
To help support this initiative, we encourage families to contribute “Voluntary Remembrance Donations” in honour of loved ones who spend the final days of life’s journey with us.
There is no expectation or pressure, and nobody is going to ask you to donate. Only you and your family can determine what is appropriate for your circumstances.
If you’re able to assist, simply place your donation in the envelope provided, seal it for confidentiality, and deliver it to our Executive Director’s office.
No matter the size of your donation, it will help us to help another family in our community in the coming weeks.
The Hospice Board of Directors
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.