Many want to end their days in their homes, in familiar and comfortable surroundings, not within the walls of impersonal, sterile hospitals.
The challenges associated with that request are many, and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network has heard and responded to those challenges with more financial support for those who want to die at home. An annual investment of $1 million for palliative services, particularly those delivered in homes, was announced on Friday.
Guelph MPP and Ontario Minister of Education Liz Sandals made the announcement on behalf of Health Minister Deb Mathews. The funds will flow to Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. That agency’s CEO Gordon Milak said more patients will now have the option to stay at home as long as possible in the final stage of life.
This article appeared in Metroland News.