Honouring Every Moment of Life
Families filled with angst about the imminent end of life for a loved one... The stress, the upheaval and the lack of experience of dealing with this approaching end of life at home or sitting in a sterile hospital room where the care is not what it should be because the hospital doesn't have any designated palliative care beds. Families lucky enough to get a room in a Hospice have to travel to Barrie, Collingwood, Huntsville or Alliston away from family, friends and their own family doctor. Travelling back and forth daily to be with their loved ones just adds more tension and stress to their already upset emotional lives. Although hospice visits have been supporting Orillians for almost 30 years with outreach programs, visiting volunteers and grief counselors they are being stretched to the limit as the aging population is growing in the City of Orillia. It is now time to build a Residential Hospice of our own.
The Challenge is to raise $3.5 million to start building Mariposa House Hospice.
Mariposa House Hospice is calling on the Orillia area community to help secure the funding needed to build a state of the art 5 bed residential hospice facility that will benefit Orillia and the surrounding area. Making an investment in this very important project will allow people living their final days and their families be in an environment that is peaceful, comfortable and meaningful. It will be staffed by a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers who will provide compassionate palliative care to meet residents' every need and to ensure "Honouring every moment of Life" is achieved.
- Orillia needs consistent, comprehensive and compassionate end of life care close to home. We are the only community without a Hospice in Simcoe County. Barrie, Collingwood, Huntsville, and Alliston all have one.
- Everyone should have the opportunity to choose where the last days of life are spent; home or hospice.
- 97% of the population faces the end of life through illness, advanced aging or both and many require palliative care. The remaining 3% experience sudden death.
- 20% of Orillians are age 65 or older. The aging population is growing rapidly especially in Orillia compared to other close communities. The longer we live, the likelihood of a life limiting disease increases. The number of aging people facing end of life at the same time is increasing and will place additional care demands on existing resources.
- Over 300 people die in Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (OSMH) every year. We don't know how many people die at home.
- There are no designated palliative care beds available at OSMH. They were eliminated by cutbacks.
- Only 16% to 30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive residential hospice palliative care and end of life care services - depending on where they live. Even fewer receive grief and bereavement services (CHPCA Fact Sheet 2009).
- End of life care at a residential hospice will free up hospital beds for those needing curative care for acute diagnoses. "Rather than draw patients into hospitals for care, we should strive to direct patients to the most appropriate care setting for their problem", (Drummond Report 2.12.12).
- The cost of dying in a residential hospice versus the hospital is one third to one half less per day.
End of life Palliative Care at the Mariposa House Hospice
- A Mariposa House Hospice we will care for the family as well as the patient by providing physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological support for both.
- All guests are welcomed and every effort will be made to accommodate their needs including children who may need help working through their emotions or even temporarily divert their attention.
- MHH will have a home like environment but will have the capacity to meet the needs of visiting friends, professionals, clergy and others central to the patient's life while providing overnight accommodation for family members.
- Being at MHH will allow the family members to be just that; family and not caregivers. It allows for peace of mind and help eliminate anxiety.
- Being at MHH will eliminate the need for ambulance trips to the emergency room for pain and symptom management for the patient or the relief of fear and anxiety for both patient and caregiver.
- The palliative care at MHH will be designed to focus on the patient giving comfort, peace, dignity and as much meaning as possible to the end of life that remains.
- A residential hospice such as MHH provides opportunity for community involvement, volunteering, financial support through planned giving, donations with tax receipts and a place to gather for bereavement support, public educational seminars and other activities.
- Mariposa House Hospice palliative care is about the right care in the right place at the right time.
- The Medical Director and staff at Mariposa House Hospice will be able to elevate the standard of care provided by our medical community through medical protocols, standardized medication availability and education.
- Family doctors will continue to provide care for their patients at Mariposa House Hospice and will have the support and consultation of the palliative specialists in our community.
What has been achieved so far
- Incorporated as a non-profit charity.
- Secured operational funding from North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN ( Local Health Integrated Network ) of up to $525,000/ year.
- A 5-bed residential unit has been designed by Coolearth Architecture Inc.
- A Board of Directors has been formed with Dr. Si Lowry and Dr. Erika Catford as Co-Chairs. They initiated and have spear headed Mariposa House Hospice from the idea stage to now.
- A Capital Building Team has been recruited to help move Mariposa House Hospice from a dream into a reality.
- All Board members and Capital Campaign team members have contributed to the "Honouring Every Moment of Life" campaign.
- Severn Township has committed $50,000 to this project.
- The County of Simcoe has committed $300,000 over 3 years.
At Mariposa House Hospice we will Honour Every Moment of Life, one terminally ill patient and their family at a time. Mariposa House Hospice will support all citizens of Orillia and area to die with the highest quality, locally supportive palliative care. Each patient and their family will be given the care and emotional support that they need as the end of life is approaching in a warm ,sensitive environment run by professionals and dedicated volunteers. We want the experience of death and dying at Mariposa House to be as positive as possible for our patients and their families. Mariposa House will be a place recognized for high quality care and comfort.
Board of Directors
- Dr. Erika Catford (Co-Chair)
- Dr. Si Lowry (Co-Chair)
- Gordon Robertson (Treasurer and Chartered Accountant)
- Greg Evans (Lawyer)
- Brian Barr (Business person)
- Sylvia Smith (Local Volunteer and RN)
- David Carson (Funeral Director/Owner Carson Funeral Homes)
All Board members have contributed to the Honouring Every Moment Capital Campaign.
Capital Campaign Team
- Gerry Smith (Honourary Chair)
- Jane Sorensen (Campaign Manager)
- Dave Simpson (Treasurer)
- Sylvia Smith
- Brian Barr
- Wendy Lowry
- Janis Flossbach
- Sue Morris (Chair of Operating Campaign)
- All Campaign Team members have contributed to the Honouring Every Moment Campaign.
- As of September 27, 2018 we have raised $1.927 million in cash and pledged donations.
- A 2.4 acre beautiful quiet treed lot on Brodie Drive in Severn Township has been purchased; an ideal setting for our Mariposa House Hospice.
- Mariposa House Hospice should be operational by mid 2019.
- We have been approved for up to $1 million from the Ministry of Health's Long Term Capital Grant Programme.
- There will not be any cost to the patient.
- There is no religious affiliation.
- The average length of stay is 7-10 days because this is End of Life Care.
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Mariposa House Hospice hosts the Butterfly Club which is a mechanism for planned giving to help with ongoing operations. You can become a member of this well respected club by contributing monthly to Mariposa House Hospice. You will be provided with a charitable tax receipt for 100% of your donation, as Mariposa House Hospice is a fully registered charitable organization.Butterfly Club Pledge Form.pdf
If you would like to make a donation please contact Sue Morris at Carson Funeral Homes (705-326-3595).
If you wish to donate publicly traded shares please complete the following document, and return to your personal broker who should process the request and forward it on to John Mayo at BMO Nesbitt Burns Orillia.CharitableDonationOfShares_form.pdf
$1530.00 was raised with the sale of the Amethyst and butterfly bracelets at Sarahannedipity shop in downtown Orillia.
Sue Morris, Sarah Moleme (of Sarahannedipity), Gini Stringer, and Bo Sochaniwsky of Mariposa Hospice Fundraising Committee.
Receiving the Capital Cost Grant from the Ministry Of Health for $1,000,000.
Dr Si Lowry (Co-Chair), Sylvia Smith (Board of Directors), Jane Sorenson (Capial Campaign Manager), David Carson (Board of Directors), Gord Robertson (Board of Directors)
A very generous Donation from the Orillia Fire Department for $500.
David Carson, Sue Morris, Jane Sorenson, and Jon Wagner from the Orillia Fire Department.
The Cheque presentation from The 2018 Angel Tree. $13,915 was raised this year to support Mariposa House Hospice. Shown are just a few of the dedicated volunteers. This Tree gives special thanks to Kristopher Orchard and Jamie Campbell, Brenda Stanley, and all the 40 plus people who manned the tree. And a special thank you to our supportive communities for purchasing the Beautiful Angels.
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