Mariposa House Hospice offers end-of-life palliative care to residents while welcoming and supporting their family and friends. We make every effort to accommodate your needs during this often emotional time of life.

To be eligible for admission to the hospice residence, the following criteria must be met:

  • Have a life-limiting illness and present with a life expectancy of less than three months (the average length of stay is between 1-3 weeks)

  • The primary goal of care is managing symptoms and enhancing quality of life, not cure of disease

  • Care needs are within the scope of hospice model

  • Seeking an alternate setting for end-of-life care
  • A referral completed by LHIN Home and Community Care. For more information, contact your Home and Community Care Coordinator or the main switchboard for LHIN Home and Community Care at 705-310-2222.

    Once a referral is received it will be reviewed by our internal staff coordinator who will determine whether the referral can be accepted (i.e. are all eligibility requirements met?). If the referral is accepted, the individual is placed on our wait list to be considered for admission when a bed becomes available. Although we will do our best to accommodate all referrals, we are not always able to offer a bed when it is needed.


The World Health Organization describes palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual”.   

The term “hospice palliative care” is often used in Canada, and our national association has published a document titled “A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care: Based on National Principles and Norms of Practice”.   

Focused on increasing comfort and managing symptoms, the hospice palliative care approach means that we offer support centred on 8 key domains:

  • Disease management

  • End-of-life care
  • Loss and grief
  • Physical 

  • Practical
  • Psychological

  • Social

  • Spiritual


At Mariposa House Hospice, we are dedicated to providing high-quality palliative care aligned with the World Health Organization (WHO), Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA), and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO).

We provide a home-like setting where the best possible care at end-of-life can be delivered. We establish goals of care with the resident and their family to ensure that the care is guided by their needs and priorities. Our highly skilled professional staff collaborate with local partners to ensure that symptoms are managed, and to provide social, psychological, emotional and spiritual support. Our staff and volunteer team understand that the dying process impacts the individual as well as their family members and friends, therefore support systems are in place to care for not only the resident, but their loved ones as well.

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