Construction Prompts Temporary Move Of Hospice Beds

Construction is forcing the residential program at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County to find a temporary location.

Beginning September 18, the eight-bed residential hospice program will be relocate to Hotel-Dieu Grace Health Care in the city's west end.

Hospital Vice President Bill Marra says the hospital had the space and already has a 20-bed palliative care unit.  The hospice beds will be located in the same building but will be operated and overseen by hospice.

"This temporary location is going to be overseen by hospice staff, it is going to be hospice staff on site every day, so it is the hospice program literally picking up from Empress and relocating to Prince Rd.," says Marra.

He says the goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible.

"Family members who are used to for example visiting the Hospice Village don't pay for parking, so Hospice has made arrangements with us to ensure that there is parking available, as it related to food prep, they are going to take on that responsibility on to ensure there is a consistent approach to it as well" says Marra.

The hospice beds will be at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare for about two months, until the end of November.

Marra says the hospice beds will be a separate, dedicated private wing and won't interfere with hospital operations, or vice versa.


With files from Peter Langille