Lisard House To Build New Residential Hospice in Kitchener
Cambridge - Representatives from Lisaard House, Waterloo Region’s first residential hospice, announced today that they will build an additional facility to serve growing Hospice Palliative Care needs in the community. The new hospice, still to be named, is expected to open in Fall 2014. It will be built in southwest Kitchener on lands owned by Conestoga College, and will be operated under the charitable designation currently held by Lisaard House.
Sheila Ainsworth, President of Lisaard House’s Board of Directors, explained that: “With the addition of Hospice Palliative Beds for those facing end-of-life diseases, we are responding to an evident and increasingly urgent need within the region. Our team is excited about facing the challenges ahead and extending our reputation of excellence in providing professional compassionate care outside of a hospital setting.”
Like the original Lisaard House, the new hospice will provide around-the-clock palliative care to patients in a home-like setting at no cost to themselves or their families. Funding for nursing and personal support services will be provided by the Waterloo Wellington Local Integration Health Network through the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Lisaard House will continue to rely on direct support from the community to provide more than 50 per cent of annual operating costs.
“Lisaard House is well known for the high quality service it provides for our residents,” said Bruce Lauckner, CEO of the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. “This new home will provide much needed additional capacity for people requiring end of life care in a home-like setting. Having this additional choice helps provide our residents with the respect and care they deserve.”
Conestoga College will provide a long-term lease to Lisaard House at nominal cost for the land required for the new hospice, which will also develop palliative care skills for future caregivers by providing students in Conestoga’s health care and community services programs with hands- on experience through practicums and field placements.
“Supporting individuals with effective end-of-life care is a critical component of our health care system,” said Marlene Raasok, Executive Dean of Conestoga’s School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services. “We look forward to continuing our work with Lisaard House to enhance education and applied research for Hospice Palliative Care in our community.”
The total capital cost of the project for the independent non-profit charitable organization is estimated at $4,000,000.