South West LHIN Board approves guiding principles to support new residential hospice resources

January 17, 2017

London, ON - The South West LHIN Board of Directors today approved guiding principles to support the development of new residential hospice resources in the South West LHIN. These principles will inform LHIN Board decision-making regarding residential hospice service delivery and funding in the South West LHIN.

These guiding principles will:

  • Solidify the vision and attributes of a Residential Hospice as part of a high quality, high value integrated system,
  • Support stakeholders and interested community groups to understand the development process and LHIN expectations,
  • Manage expectations about what is and isn’t possible or in scope for this planning,
  • Ensure alignment during decision making to ensure consistency and transparency, and
  • Enable the successful implementation of new residential hospice resources.

Guiding Principles

  • Ensure every person, no matter who they are, where they live or how much they make, have equitable access to residential hospice
  • Engage patients, families, and communities in a meaningful way in both planning and ongoing operations
  • Be based on best available data, evidence and best practices to support a culture of quality that is relentless in its pursuit of improving experience of care at end of life.
  • Be aligned with our commitment to transparency
  • Be a part of a fully integrated system where individuals and organizations intentionally work together to better organize and connect services to meet needs.
  • Make best use of resources to ensure sustainability and feasibility

LHIN staff will now incorporate these principles into a guidance document for residential hospice that will be disseminated to the local hospice palliative care collaboratives. The collaboratives will be responsible for distributing this document within sub-regions where appropriate. The guidance document will also contain background on the LHIN’s residential hospice capacity planning work, the residential hospice working definition, decision-making process, funding, operational readiness checklist, organizational self-assessment tool and minimum elements of a business plan. The guiding principles, as well as more detailed planning and development principles established by the Hospice Palliative Care Leadership Committee, will also be referenced in future communiques and briefings on the topic of residential hospice development in the South West LHIN.

The decision on residential hospice development in Huron Perth is expected to be made by the South West LHIN Board on February 21, 2017. The South West LHIN is appreciative of the strong community interest in this work and recognizes that many local communities are actively fundraising and planning for a local community hospice. The LHIN values the input of communities and partners to inform our planning and decision-making processes. Final details of the recommendation to the board will be made public on the South West LHIN website as part of the South West LHIN February Board package.

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