My husband, who volunteers with Meals on Wheels, gets mileage when he delivers meals. I, as a hospice volunteer providing respite, do not. There isn't enough money for this, despite the need for caregivers to get respite, and volunteers whose mileage costs could be $65,000. I am rarely aknowledged, nor do clients offer to donate to my hospice group. We are never mentioned in obituaries as good places to donate in memory of a loved one.
Jun 18, 2012 - Currently, only 16-30% of Canadians have access to hospice palliative care.[ii].
- Acute Care. Most Canadians are dying in acute care hospital settings[iii]. Too many people who are dying end up in emergency departments during the last months and weeks of life, an indicator of poor quality end-of-life care.[iv]
- Long Term Care (LTC). Some LTC have hospice palliative care training for staff, but many LTC residents also end up visiting the emergency room in the last weeks of life. Having a formalized palliative care program is not mandatory under the LTC act. Almost 50% of residents in LTC Homes are dying in the facility each year.
- At home. Home care costs in the last six months of life are roughly double what are required for all other home care recipients, and not all of these costs are covered by Medicare or private insurance plans.[v] A recent Ontario study showed that people with life-limiting illnesses who receive care at home early and receive more hours of care at home, are less likely to visit emergency rooms in the last weeks of life.[vi]
- Residential Hospice. Only 16 - 30% of us have access.
- In shelters/on the street. There is a marginalized homeless population who die in shelters or on the streets, with little care. There are now a small number of hospice programs for the homeless in Canada.
Ontario is giving more money to publicly-funded hospices, adding $4.9 million to the $26 million a year it already gives them, a big increase to a budget that's still much smaller than ... Ontario is giving more money to publicly-funded hospices, adding $4.9 million to the $26 million a year it already gives them, a big increase to a budget that’s still much smaller than it ought to be. So the government is increasing funding to adult hospices by $15,000 a bed and to children’s hospices by $22,400 a bed. A decade ago, the government didn’t fund hospices at all. Now it’s promising to help build 20 more besides the 39 hospices Ontario already has, in addition to Friday’s by-the-bed funding increase.