End Of Life

The ESC LHIN is committed to the best care possible for our residents and their families, especially during the extremely emotional stage of end-of-life care.

From the time the LHIN opened its doors in 2006, we understood that in ESC we needed to make Hospice Palliative Care a priority. Therefore we worked with our End of Life Care Network to consult with a vast number of stakeholders including providers, volunteers, patients and families to understand our specific needs and context. We found that there were pockets of excellence where excellent palliative care was practiced and where patients and families were comforted and supported. We also found that there were significant gaps which needed to be addressed.

The ESC LHIN endorsed a report which made recommendations for creating an integrated system of Hospice Palliative Care in Erie St. Clair.
Click here to view the report.

Each year in Erie St. Clair approximately 5,000 people die. Our mortality rate is higher than that of Ontario as a whole. 

2010/2011 “all-cause mortality rate” per 100,000 population: 

Ontario's is 633
Erie St. Clair LHIN is 771.1

Investing in Hospice

Hospice services are a type of specialized care that have always met and exceeded client and family needs.

While care at home is always the first option, hospice beds provide both palliative care services and palliative pain management in a community-based setting. Residential hospice provides a variety of services designed to provide care and comfort in a peaceful and heart-felt environment and is an excellent companion program to the CCAC Palliative Care Outreach Team; a team which provides in-home support for those who face end-of-life needs.
  • The Erie St. Clair LHIN has invested into new Leamington and Chatham-Kent hospices. The new 10 bed hospices will receive on-going annual funding to ensure they are sustained in the communities.

End-of-Life Care Network

Visit the End-of-Life Care Network online: http://www.esceolcn.ca

Success: Erie St. Clair Palliative Care Consultation Teams

The Palliative Care Consultation Teams (PCCT) operates through the CCAC, in partnership with community service providers, hospices and hospitals. Each year these teams provide significant additional support to dying patients and their families in our region:

  • 1150 new patients receive care from this team each year
  • 2800 face to face consultations with and additional
  • 3800 telephone follow-up calls are provided
  • 80% of these patients died at home or in residential hospices
  • 2700 emergency room visits were avoided