Who We Are
Founded in 1992, Dundas County Hospice offers a variety of services to anyone suffering from a terminal or life-threatening illness. We support our clients and their caregivers through all stages of their illness, including grief and bereavement support after death. Our services complement those that also exist in Dundas County.
All our services are free.
Anyone can make a referral to us, including healthcare and social agencies, nurses, physicians, clergy, friends, the person who is ill or their families, referral form.
The client must reside in Dundas County.
The Director of Client Services will visit with the client, and perhaps with the person who made the referral, to determine eligibility based on criteria set by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. The DCS will suggest which of our services will best benefit the client and their family.
Our primary goal is to help our clients maintain dignity, remain at home as long as possible and die in the place of their choosing.
We do not have beds at our facility. We are a community Visiting Hospice. Our staff and volunteers go out into the community and visit in clients’ homes.
Philosophy of Care
The word hospice once meant a house of rest for travellers. Today, hospice is a philosophy of care that attends to emotional, practical and spiritual needs during the palliation of those approaching end-of-life or in a life-threatening state.
Compassionate care makes it possible for palliative persons to stay in their homes; perhaps to the end. This assistance is directed at improving their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We take a team approach to ensure that people have the information and care they need. We work closely with community care workers, hospitals, the Local Health Integrated Network (Champlain) and Community Support Agencies. We have carefully screened and trained volunteers, warm and caring individuals making up a team who offer many supports through in-home visits.
A Team Approach
We take a team approach to ensure that people have the information and care they need. We work closely with community care workers, hospitals, Local Integrated Health Network (LIHN) and Community Support Agencies. Many carefully screened and trained volunteers, warm and caring individuals, make up a team that offers practical, spiritual, physical, social and emotional support through in-home visits
“Honouring life by providing comfort, care and compassion to the people of Dundas County”