Ontario announces new Toronto hospice for the homeless
In this file photo, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Jan. 20, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck)
TORONTO -- Ontario's provincial government says it's opening a new hospice for the homeless in Toronto.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced funding for four beds on Monday, saying another six beds will be added over the next two years.
Hoskins says the hospice, which will open soon in downtown Toronto, will provide high-quality care to 40 to 50 people in need each year.
He says the hospice will help some of the most vulnerable people in the province get "the compassionate care they need."
The province is partnering with Hospice Toronto, Saint Elizabeth Foundation and Inner City Health Associates on the project to address the demand for end-of-life and palliative care for Toronto's homeless.
Hoskins says the new hospice, named Journey Home Hospice, will offer flexible care suited to the unique and complex needs of homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.
"Ontario's hospices do a remarkable job providing essential care in our communities," Hoskins said.
"By investing in hospice palliative care for homeless Ontarians, we're helping some of the most vulnerable people in the province get the compassionate care they need."
Shirlee Sharkey, CEO of Saint Elizabeth, said the hospice will give the homeless "a welcoming and safe place to spend their final days and weeks of life."