The 10-bed residential hospice and the home visiting volunteer service have been realigned under the North East Local Health Integration Network.
A shared care team, that includes a physician, registered nurses, a nurse practitioner, and palliative pain and symptom management consultant, rounds out the full range of services offered by Maison Vale Hospice on South Bay Road.
The joining of the palliative partners was announced Thursday at the hospice in a meeting room overlooking Bethel Lake.
North East LHIN chief executive officer Louise Paquette called it a day to celebrate, saying integration isn’t for the faint of heart, but that it does provide for more patient-centred care.
“If more organizations didn’t put fear of change first, they’d be better off,” Paquette told about 25 people at the announcement.
Studies show people prefer to die at home, but 70% of Canadians die in hospital, many seeking emergency department care in the last few weeks of life.
The shared care team, that began at Maison Vale Hospice as a pilot a year ago and is now operating permanently, takes end-of-life care to people in their homes where they want to be when they die.
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