95% of Canadians say they want to die at home, surrounded by family and friends, yet 75% die in hospital, many times due to the lack of Hospice Care. Without Jocelyn House Hospice, an even larger proportion of our population would not be able to fulfill their final wishes.
Hospice Care costs 75% less than care in a hospital and is more personalized, home-like, and residents and visitors can come and go as they please. Hospice Care is holistic in nature and offers physical, emotional, spiritual, social and informational supports to the terminally ill and grieving family members. Hospice Care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process, neither hastening nor postponing death. Hospice Care helps the terminally ill through the dying process with dignity and comfort.
The need for hospice and palliative care in Manitoba will continue to grow in the years to come. Currently, 157,000 or 14% of Manitobans are aged 65 or older. This total is expected to increase to 43% over the next 20 years. Manitoba has one of the highest per capita populations of seniors in Canada.