Frequently Asked Questions

What is St. Joseph’s Hospice?

St. Joseph’s Hospice is a community based not-for-profit organization and facility operated by both professional health care providers and trained volunteers to provide individuals and their families with a place of comfort and support while facing the end-of-life journey. Hospice offers a two-pronged approach to care, (1) Community based Programs and Services and (2) a 10-Suite Residential Care Facility.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is comfort care, or pain and symptom  management for patients with serious illnesses. It can take place simultaneously with treatment meant to cure the illness. Its main goal is to improve quality of life by providing expert pain management, eliminating side effects as much as possible, and caring for the patient’s emotional and spiritual  needs. Palliative care also helps the patient and loved ones communicate with other health providers to make sure the patient’s goals are met.

Is St. Joseph’s Hospice open to everyone?

Hospice welcomes individuals from all cultures, faiths and beliefs, serving the entire County of Lambton. Specially trained staff and volunteers will assist each individual and family according to their needs and in harmony with their beliefs and customs.

How is St. Joseph’s Hospice funded?

St. Joseph’s Hospice receives Government funding to provide palliative care services by an interprofessional team with palliative care expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a home-like setting for the individual and their significant others at no cost to the user.  Financial support from the Ministry of Health entails there is always one Registered Nurse (RN), one Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and one Personal Support Worker (PSW) on staff.  We rely on donations from the community to fund 57%, or approximately $2 million needed annually to operate our Supportive Services.  It is the responsibility of the Fund Development Team to raise funds through our seven Signature Events, In Memoriam Donations and Third Party Events that help purchase items such as, equipment, supplies and furnishings for our Residence, as well as operational and administrative costs.

Why does Hospice only have 10-Suites in the Residence?

St. Joseph’s Hospice Residence was built in 2009 with the maximum number of allowed beds mandated by the Ministry of Health. It is considered to be the correct size to balance the efficiencies necessary while maintaining the residential feel.  Any more than 10 beds and a facility is considered to be a Long-term Care Facility.

How can you support Hospice?
  • A pledge over a period of time
  • A one-time gift made by cheque or credit card
  • Gifts of securities and other personal property such as stocks, bonds, life insurance policy
How is Hospice going to handle the demand for services?

Since December 2009, and as of April 30, 2023, the Residence has had the privilege of serving 2,224 residents who passed through our doors.  This does not include the number of family members, caregivers that could take advantage of other services we currently offer. We do know that the Ministry of Health is working to develop a hospice palliative care strategy that will help to address the growing needs of our aging population.  As Palliative Care continues to grow as an important area within healthcare, St. Joseph’s Hospice will continue to support every one who comes through our doors at one of the most vulnerable times of their lives.  

Does St. Joseph's Hospice currently have any COVID-19 Restrictions?

St. Joseph's Hospice currently does not have any COVID-19 Restrictions in place. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our COVID-19 protocols, please contact our Director of Resident Services.