Local hospices collaborate to request $1 Million in funding from the District
Hospice Muskoka and Hospice Huntsville collaborated in a request for 1 million dollars in financial support from the District of Muskoka, in the Health and Safety meeting, on August 18, 2022.
Executive Director and Nurse Practitioner of Hospice Muskoka, Donna Kearney said, that challenges include being “under half - 50% - of funding from the Ministry of Health, and raising 1.6 million dollars a year to support program delivery is difficult to raise because of high cost of living and economic uncertainty. Donations and grants help with funding to expand programs and maintain competitive wages but they’re not reliable. And government funding doesn’t include capital funding or funds for growth.”
Kearney reported that an 8.6% increase in an older demographic is contributing to the need for programs, adding, “There’s a growing demand for services in Muskoka. The population on average is older than the provincial average.”
According to Kearney, Simcoe County has 5 Hospices that each receive a multi-year funding to contribute to capital planning, at $500,000 for 2017-2019, and $500,000 for 2021-2025.
Kearney added, “We request that you consider a 5-year funding commitment for Hospice Huntsville and Muskoka…1 million dollars in funding from the District. $200,000 a year for 5 years.”
Councillor Steven Clement said, “I’ve spoken to people regarding the quality of care they received. Your reputation is certainly on your side, for sure.”