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 to address compassionate end of life care, the Hospice has expanded into our current Hospice Village.


An aerial photo of the Hospice village campus including the Residential Home, the Children's Home, the Pain Clinic and the Wellness Centre.





The Hospice Village serves 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 include wellness programs, support groups, fitness programs, counselling, education and of course, palliative care. The Hospice is proud to offer all services at no cost to the patient. Services are 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
  • Hospice Residential Home


The Hospice team includes more than 600 dedicated volunteers and a roster of professional staff including:

  • Palliative care physicians
  • Nurse educators
  • Social workers
  • Alternative health care providers.

We offer a comprehensive program that addresses the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of a patient and their family, and it is available on a one-to-one or family basis.


The Hospice Village Concept

It truly takes a village to raise a hospice. In order to raise ours, we needed the support of the entire Windsor-Essex communities!


Pain and Symptom Management Clinic: The T2B House

The Pain Clinic was originally a home built in 1941 for William and Erma Kenshol. This 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 used to make this home a reality were donated by several 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.

The building is named after Transition to Betterness,and 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 provided as 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 the programs and services we provide to assist children, youth, and families to cope when a loved one is living with a life-altering diagnosis.


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.


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.


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.

We are here to help! Click here to contact us today for more information.


A picture of thirteen Hospice patients and volunteers ranging in age from a young girl to seniors all standing in a row against a beige background.