Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) writes that hospice Care “is the best story in health and social care”:
Preserving Hospital Capacity: In Ontario, the hospice sector is already preserving hospital capacity and can do more. Every year, over 10,000 people avoid dying in more expense hospital settings and this frees up 143,000 hospital bed days. Community-based hospice palliative care is more desirable, more appropriate.
Reducing Surgical Waitlists: Each year, hospices in Ontario accept almost 4,000 patients directly from acute care settings. This frees up 57,000 beds day in hospital for surgical admissions.
Easing Pressure on our Emergency Departments: Each year, about 6,000 patients who can no longer be cared for at home, are admitted directly to a hospice, avoiding hospitalization, typically to the Emergency Department. The direct-to-hospice admissions preserve 86,000 hospital bed days.
For more on the hospice story in Ontario – impacts and numbers:
Keep The Dying Out of Hospital Save $200M/Year with Right & Excellent Care Let’s Preserve Hospital Capacity by Supporting an Ontario Success Story – Hospice Palliative Care Ontario:
The Hospice Story in Numbers – Hospice Palliative Care Ontario: