People facing a serious, life-threatening illness do not have to do so alone. Support and services can be provided through the Erie St. Clair LHIN Home & Community Care (formerly CCAC) . Anyone can make a referral on your behalf: a health-care provider, family member, or you can make a referral for yourself. A valid OHIP card is needed to do so.
The local LHIN Home & Community Care phone number is 519-436-2222. Let them know you are making a referral for services. If your health-care provider has already made the referral for you, you can expect a phone call once the referral has been processed. If you wish to be considered for residential hospice care, the Care Coordinator can assist you in completing an application and determining your eligibility for Hospice.
For those who are in hospital, the Care Coordinator assigned to the hospital, along with the Palliative Care Referral Team, can work to explore options and eligibility for accessing a hospice bed. People can transfer to hospice from home, hospital or a retirement residence. Residents who live in a Long Term Care setting will be cared for in their current surroundings at the end of life and are usually not transferred to hospice.
Click here to download the Hospice Admission Guidelines.