What is a residential hospice?
A residential hospice provides a ‘home away from home’ for those who are unable to or do not wish to remain at home with a life limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of hospice care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity while allowing their loved ones a chance to spend quality time as family, not caregivers. The Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice will be more than just bricks and mortar but will also be a “Centre of Excellence” providing education, support and outreach services.
When will the hospice open?
Construction began in June 2018 and we plan to welcome residents in Spring 2019.
Where will the Hospice be located?
The Hospice will be located at 90 Greenwood Drive, Stratford, Ontario behind Tri-County Mennonite Homes Greenwood Court site. Greenwood Court is in a residential neighbourhood near the Rotary Complex in Stratford offering accommodation for seniors ranging from independent living through long term care.
Still have questions?
If you would like to learn more about the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice, give us a call at
519-276-3322 or email Lucie Stuart, Fundraising Manager.
What region will the hospice serve?
Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice will serve all residents of Perth County.
Why do we need a residential hospice in this area?
Currently, none of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance hospitals have a palliative care ward, but each provides palliative care in regular hospital beds. There are several community hospices outside our region, but our community deserves another choice for end-of-life care that is close to home.
Why is the capital campaign goal $8.5M?
The capital campaign will fund:
construction costs of $6.9M
equipment costs $800K
fundraising costs which will be less than 10% of the total amount raised
$800k reserve for annual operating costs
Why should I give personally if the government is funding the Hospice?
Unlike hospitals, the Ministry of Health funds a portion of the costs to build and operate a hospice. Hospices must provide the remaining funds required to:
Build the facility
Equip the facility
Provide staff, other than nursing care
Clean, light, heat and cool the facility
Feed the residents
Thus, the Hospice is responsible for the bulk of the construction costs, as well as raising an additional $700K annually.
Why are you only building for 10 beds?
The number of beds is determined by provincial standards. The ratio is roughly 10 beds per 100,000 people. Also, it’s considered to be the correct size to balance the efficiencies necessary while maintaining the home-like “feel”.
How many volunteers do you need to help run the Hospice?
We need approximately 150 – 200 volunteers to help run the Hospice including various roles such as direct resident support, food prep, housekeeping, grounds keeping, maintenance, reception and complementary therapies, to name a few. We are currently accepting applicants. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities please feel free to contact Katie Jervis, Coordinator of Volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 519-273-1020 ( x117).
Who do I make my cheque payable to?
Cheques can be made payable to the Stratford Perth Hospice Foundation and either mailed to PO Box 25004, Huron Street Station, Stratford, Ontario N5A 0B4 or dropped off at our temporary office located at Stratford General Hospital, West Wing, Rm W404 (we’ll pay for your parking)!