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Ontario expanding and investing in palliative care in Alliston

July 28, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

As part of the “Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care, program,” the Ontario government is expanding access to palliative care services in Alliston and Collingwood.

This is part of Ontario’s $147.4 million investment over three years in communities across the province to connect more Ontarians to comfortable and dignified palliative care close to home and loved ones.

“The provincial government recognizes the tremendous role that hospices play in delivering compassionate, high-quality care to support those with a life limiting illness, and their loved ones, as well as the crucial grief and bereavement services,” said Brian Saunderson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey. 

“Today’s (July 12) funding announcement of $940,000, means that each of Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood and Matthews House Hospice in Alliston will receive $470,000. These funds will allow more people to receive the specialized care they need, close to their home. I extend my sincere thanks to Margaret Bachle and Trish Rawn, and their respective staff and volunteer teams for the work they do each day in our communities.”

A portion of this funding will be used to connect people to more palliative and end-of-life services across Ontario, including grief and bereavement support that help families and caregivers grieving the loss of a loved one.

It also includes advanced care planning to help patients and families prepare for future health care decisions and perinatal palliative care programs that provide specialized grief, bereavement, and peer support that help parents prepare for the loss of their infant.

In addition to expanding palliative care services across the province, this investment will provide existing residential hospice beds in Alliston and Collingwood with over $470,000 each in additional funding over the next two years for nursing, personal support, and other services delivered to patients at Hospice Georgian Triangle and Matthews House Hospice.

“When people approach the end of their life, they deserve to know that they can remain in their community, near loved ones,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Expanding access to end-of-life care in Ontario communities will provide patients and their families with additional choices, helping to ensure they stay close to home in a familiar setting, with the specialized care they need.”

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