Residential Hospice

The aim of the Central East LHIN Residential Hospice Strategy is to expand options available to palliative patients in the Central East LHIN by increasing the number of operational residential hospice beds to 56 by 2019, by:
  • Pursuing development of beds across LHIN sub-regions;
  • Advancing collaborative multi-sector partnerships to make best use of public investment; and
  • Recognizing residential hospice as a key element to advancing Hospice as Hubs strategy.

Current Residential Hospice Beds in the Central East LHIN - as of March 2018

Central East Sub-Region Lead Agency Number of Beds Information 
Northumberland County The Bridge Hospice 3  The Bridge Hospice Website
Peterborough City and County Hospice Peterborough 10  Hospice Peterborough

Future Residential Hospice Beds in the Central East LHIN

Central East Sub-Region Lead Agency Number of Beds
Scarborough North Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care  10
Durham West Victorian Order of Nurses  10
Durham North East Durham Hospice - Clarington  5
Durham North East Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham  5
Northumberland County Community Care Northumberland  6


A residential hospice is a healthcare facility and registered charity that provides palliative care services by an inter-disciplinary team with palliative care expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in a home-like setting for the individual and their significant others at no cost to the user. A residential hospice provides an option for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses to receive end-of-life services where death is imminent and a home death is not possible or preferred but hospital level care is not required.

There are expected to be 100,000 deaths annually in Ontario in 2016 and beyond. Approximately 10% of deaths are sudden or unexpected, most of which occur in hospital. Of the non-sudden deaths in Ontario, less than 5% of people are expected to experience an acute complication or have need for specialized tertiary services at the end of life that could only be delivered in an acute care setting.

Based on survey data, approximately 2/3 of Ontarians indicate they would prefer to die at home but approximately 65% of Ontarians die in hospital. 

In Central East LHIN, 73.4% of patients receiving palliative care services died in hospital (2014/15) which is the 2nd highest rate in the province.

The Central East LHIN has now approved a Central East LHIN Residential Hospice Strategy which assesses the current state of residential hospices in the Central East LHIN and lays out a model for future hospices that includes information on regional oversight, provincial residential hospice standards, metrics and funding along with barriers and risks.