How is Hospice Funded?


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

Chatham-Kent Hospice receives partial government funding from the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) which covers approximately 48% of the annual operating budget. These funds can only to be used for direct medical costs. For our hospice, this covers the cost of salary and benefits for our clinical staff.

In order to raise the additional funds needed, the Chatham-Kent Hospice has a separate foundation. The Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and the funds for Chatham-Kent Hospice to help families live the important experiences of end of life. Their vision is ensuring exceptional end-of-life care now and in the future. The Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation must raise on average $157,000 every month to meet Hospice’s operating needs.

To help keep our operating costs as low as possible and make the most of donors dollars, we utilize over 175 volunteers and 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 car

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 grief and bereavement support, 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.