OWEN SOUND. Six new hospice beds will be available in the south end of Bruce Grey.
Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker and Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson made the announcement on Wednesday morning. Walker says this will provide the people in Bruce and Grey counties with the compassionate care they deserve when nearing the end of their lives.
“Everyone should have access to dignified end-of-life care that respects the wishes of the patient and their loved ones. That’s why I’m proud our government is committed to improving access to comfortable, end-of-life care in communities across the province like Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.”
Thompson says a lot of people have worked very hard to make this possible.
“This is welcomed news for South Bruce Grey. We are fortunate to have such a local dedicated team of volunteers from the Brockton, Mildmay, Walkerton, Hanover, and surrounding area. They have worked so very hard to make this happen. It is because of their leadership and commitment that we are able to announce this today.”
Executive director of the Residential Hospice Grey-Bruce Alex Hector agrees.
“Our experience has shown us that the need for residential hospice care is enduring and growing. Using the skills and knowledge that we have gained and working with a compassionate and generous community, this announcement enables us to move forward on our journey to raise the community portion of funding that will establish a satellite hospice location in the south part of our region. This will ultimately result in residential hospice care becoming available within a 45 to 50 minute drive for most residents in Grey-Bruce.”
Hospices provide patients with palliative care in a comfortable space, where they can be close to loved ones. In this environment, family and friends can have peace of mind knowing that patients will have access to appropriate end-of-life care. Hospice care focuses on relieving suffering and providing services like psychological, spiritual and bereavement support.