How is Hospice Funded?

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All residential hospices in Ontario receive partial funding from the Ministry of Health and must raise the remaining dollars needed to meet their overall operating budget.

Chatham-Kent Hospice receives $1,080,000 annually from the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to be used for direct medical costs only. We must raise an average of  $100,000 in donations every month to cover the cost of all other expenses. This allows us to offer hospice care at no cost to residents and their families.

To help keep our operating costs as low as possible, we have collaborated with St. Andrew’s Residence in Chatham. By sharing administrative resources such as purchasing, payroll, human resources, housekeeping, maintenance and an Executive Director we are able to reduce our annual operating costs. Hospice direct services – both medical and non-medical, remain separate and completely focused on end-of-life care.

What are your Donations Used For?

The chart below gives you an idea of the other expenses we must cover from fundraising revenue.


  • Compassionate Care

    Resident care is our top priority. Your donation will help cover the cost of things like personal care products, medical equipment and supplies.

  • Connected and Comfortable

    Your donation will help keep our residents and their families comfortable and connected by covering the cost of utilities such as natural gas, electricity, water, cable and telephone.

  • Home-like hospitality

    Making our residents and their families feel at home is a top priority. Your donation will help pay for groceries as well as kitchen equipment and supplies.

  • Education and Awareness

    Ongoing education and awareness will ensure the sustainability of our residential hospice. Your donation will support ongoing staff & volunteer education and training, community education and efficient donation management.

  • Business as usual

    Although we want our hospice to feel like home to our residents, we must operate as a business. Your donation will cover costs associated with running a business such as accounting, human resources, purchasing, office equipment and supplies and insurance.

  • Keeping House

    Like your home, we want to keep a safe and tidy home. Your donation will help us do that by covering costs for laundry & housekeeping, ongoing maintenance, safety and security.

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Here are some examples of our ongoing costs and how your donations can make an impact:

  • It costs $750 a week to operate the Hospice kitchen – volunteers prepare homemade meals for residents to suit their tastes and always have homemade soup and baked goods available for family and visitors
  • Our monthly utility bills covering heat, water, electrical, cable, internet and telephone is $4,500 – this keeps our residents comfortable in all seasons and keeps them connected with family and friends
  • Average cost per resident per day is $337 – Hospice is “home” to our residence but must operate like a hospital

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