Ontario government is providing $13,726,100 in additional one-time funding for nursing, personal support, and other services delivered to patients in 84 residential hospices across the province.
As part of the plan, the Ministry of Health is supporting the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham with a one-time top-up in funding which is pro-rated to six months in the amount of $205,000, bringing the total 2022-2023 funding for Oak Ridges to over $1.1 million, according to Todd McCarthy, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Durham.
“The Government of Ontario recognizes the important care hospices across the province provide in the final days of our loved one’s lives. We will continue to make record investments in all areas of public health care, including hospice support” said McCarthy. “This additional funding along with our three-year commitment toward funding two additional beds for Oak Ridges is very important to our community to help take the pressure off provincial hospitals.”
Christine Vos, Executive Director for the Oak Ridges Hospice in Scugog, welcomed the news of this announcement as urgent relief and reassurance from the province to alleviate any budgetary constraints to allow Oak Ridges to continue with the necessary care and services it provides to their patients and families.