Heart House Hospice serves 1,200 individuals with a terminal diagnosis and thousands of family members and loved ones in Mississauga and Brampton on an annual basis. Last year the HUUG (Help Us Understand Grief) Program supported 607 children living in a home where someone they love has died or is dying. More than 14,000 people have received care and support from Heart House. In 2011, the hospice became one of the first hospices to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF); in 2020, they once again received 3 – year accreditation, the highest term awarded.
End-of-life care has become a top priority for healthcare in the Province of Ontario. The reason is clear – Ontario’s population projections show by 2031 all baby boomers will be 65 or older. Additionally, the region served by Heart House is expected to see an overall population increase greater than the population average. The Region of Peel continues to be the hardest hit region in Canada by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Mississauga is the largest city in Canada without a residential hospice. The Ministry of Health has approved a 12-bed residential hospice, to be built on the Trillium Health Seniors’ Campus on the same site as their new 640-bed long-term care facility. To raise the funds for the residential hospice, Heart House Hospice is embarking on a $30 million campaign (currently in the silent phase) to build a home-like residential facility.
The current Executive Director is retiring in August 2021 after successfully leading Heart House for 17 years. The Board of Directors is seeking an extraordinary leader with a passion for hospice, and their programs and services who will ensure the Building Compassion Campaign reaches its’ goal, the new facility is built, new staff are hired, and Heart House Hospice begins its’ next phase with the first hospice residence in Mississauga.
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