FAQS

Established in 1992, Dundas County Hospice provides services at no charge to those in Dundas County with life- threatening illness. An accredited member of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, we strive to give our clients and their families the practical and supportive help they need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone living in Dundas County with life-threatening illness and is accepting of our services. Clients do not need to have a “Palliative” diagnosis.
We do not have Hospice beds. We offer our services in client’s homes, including long-term care, hospital, etc. Our weekly Day Program is currently being offered at our location (4353 County Road 31) in Williamsburg. Clients who are mobile enough to come (including wheel-chair bound) are transported to and from.
We offer a variety of services that clients and their families/caregivers can use as needed.
  • Visiting Volunteers: Trained (online Palliative Care Course), screened (police checked and referenced) and supervised volunteers who can visit the home for companionship at the client’s convenience, also offering respite for the caregiver.
  • Palliative Day Program: A weekly program designed for clients to get together for a meal, social interaction and activities. Clients choose their level of participation depending on how they feel. An RN is present. Transportation can be arranged. Allows for caregiver respite. Spaces are currently available.
  • Equipment Loan Program: Short and long-term loan of equipment such as electric lift chairs, walkers, wheelchairs, bath chairs, raised toilet seats, RoHo cushions. Full list attached.
  • Caregiver Support Program: One-on-one support for caregivers offered by staff or volunteers. Workshops and/or support group offered as determined by demand.
  • Bereavement Support Program: One-on-one support for grieving family and friends offered by staff or volunteers. Workshops and/or support group offered as determined by demand.
  • Complementary Therapies: In-Home complementary therapies such as foot care, massage for pain control, meditation, hair care, etc is offered for clients who are home-bound.
  • Hospice Palliative Care Course: Offered online by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and supported locally by our Director of Client and Volunteer Services.
  • Other: Support, link to other Community Support Services, advocacy, library of resources.
You can refer a friend, family member or yourself directly to our services or you may pass along our contact information to them or their family for them to contact us. Physicians, CCAC Care Coordinators, Discharge Planners, clergy, social workers, home-care workers, friends, anyone, can refer someone to our services.
When someone is diagnosed with life-threatening illness and would be accepting of our services. Our focus is on making every day count for our clients. We believe that Hospice Palliative Care can improve quality of life for clients and their families. Palliative Care is about living and celebrating life not death.
Services to clients and families are provided at no charge. DCH is a non-profit organization. About 60% of our budget is funded by the Ministry of Health through the Champlain LHIN. 40% is raised through In Memoriam and general donations, support from local service groups, grants and fundraising.

 

Please contact us for more details about our Equipment Loan Program or any of our other Hospice programs.

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