The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. stands as a symbol of hope, providing compassionate care designed to enhance quality of life. It is the first community-based palliative hospice village in North America. Founded in 1979 by Reverend Canon Paul Chidwich address compassionate end of life care, the Hospice has expanded into our current Hospice Village.
The Hospice Village serves all patients and their families dealing with a life-altering diagnosis. In simple terms, this means that Hospice services are available to patients and their families, from pre-diagnosis to bereavement. Services are holistic in nature and can include wellness programs, support groups, fitness programs, counseling, education and of course palliative care. The Hospice is proud to offer all services at no cost to the patient, provided in a space that is both serene and welcoming, responding to the diverse needs of a multicultural community.
The Hospice Village consists of the Wellness Centre, the Pain and Symptom Management Clinic, housed in the Transition to Betterness Building, the Solcz Family Home for Children and Families; the April’s Garden Conservatory, and our Hospice Residential Home. It truly is a village!
The Hospice team includes more than 600 dedicated volunteers and a roster of professional staff including palliative care physicians, nurse educators, social workers, and alternative health care providers. We offer a comprehensive program that addresses all physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their family, available on a one-to-one or family basis.
Our Hospice Village, the only such community concept in North America, has a team of dedicated volunteers and professional staff that provide the very best patient care services to both patients and their families.
There are two ways to access Hospice services. First, self-referral to Hospice is encouraged. Allow us to help you with your diagnosis and support you on your journey. Second, your physician may refer you to Hospice palliative physicians and services. Once we have received a referral, our palliative physicians will be able to see you in your home, or visit you in the hospital.
The Hospice Village Concept
It truly takes a village to raise a hospice, and in order to raise ours, we needed the support of the entire Windsor-Essex communities! The Hospice Village consists of the Wellness Centre, the Pain and Symptom Management Clinic, the Children and Family Programs house, the Hospice Residential Home, and the Conservatory. Please continue reading for more information about each building, the donors who made them possible, and the services we offer in them.
Pain and Symptom Management Clinic: The T2B House
The home holding our Pain Clinic was built in 1941 for William and Erma Kenshol. The home was part of a hatchery business located on 17.5 acres of South Windsor farmland on Grand Marais Road. The home was moved to its present site on the Hospice property on October 22, 2000. The home, the foundation, and the move were made possible through the generosity of Deerbrook Realty and the Sam Zlotnik family, who donated the home to the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. Village Project.
The restoration of this home (the first to be placed in the Hospice Village) was undertaken by the City of Windsor building inspectors as a volunteer "habitat" project known as WISH (Windsor Inspection Services Home Project.) All materials to make this home a reality were donated by many community-minded individuals, retailers and corporations.
This house was opened as a "Pain Clinic" in the summer of 2003. Today, we remember Joe Malone (2004) as a driving force in this project.
Today, the Pain Clinic is used to house a number of programs. Our palliative physicians work out of the building, providing consults for our Hospice patients. As well, a number of holistic programs such as Reikki and massage are conducted by Christine Gross, our coordinator of complementary care.
The building is named after Transition to Betterness, a local organization which has been a committed partner to the agency through its generous funding of our many palliative pain-management programs.
Solcz Family House for Children and Family Programs
The Children's Home was the result of a gift from the Cardella family. In 2006, Vince and Dianne Cardella donated the house, moving it from its original location on Riverside Drive to the Hospice Village on Empress Street.
Through their foresight and generosity, Vince and Dianne Cardella have enabled the Hospice to create a true home for their programs and services we provide to help children, youth, and families to cope when a loved one is living with a life-altering diagnosis.
The Hospice has benefitted from the leadership and support of the Cardella Family since the late 1990's, when Vince and Dianne Cardella joined the Hospice family to embark on our largest venture yet- the creation of the first ever Hospice Village in Canada.
On December 18th, 2007, with the support of the Cardella family and other like-minded individuals, Hospice opened the Solcz Family House for Children and Family Programs.
The Cardella family exemplifies the true spirit of philanthropy.
Thank you, Vince and Dianne, for helping the Hospice to advance our mission to support, educate, and empower those who are affected by, or are caring for a person with a life-altering diagnosis and for realizing our vision of providing an "oasis of peace and comfort" for all who require and receive hospice services in this community.
The Hospice would also like to express our appreciation to the Cardella family for their ongoing commitment to comforting patients and families within the Hospice Residential Home and those utilizing the Wellness Centre through substantial donations of Tim Hortons products. Your community spirit is outstanding and makes a wonderful difference to those who need it most!