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"Tomkins House"


This is Our Dream ...

A Complete Residential Care Facility

What is a Residential Hospice?

Our Dream is to provide our clients with a warm, welcoming and home-like setting, where individuals who are unable to die at home, can come with their families and receive expert hospice care along with Comfort, Care, Compassion.

  • Large private rooms where family can stay with their loved ones.
  • A common kitchen-family room where group meals can be made.
  • A beautiful bath area complete with a soaker tub.
  • A garden where even the beds can be brought out into the sunshine.
  • A place to enjoy life, family and friends for those last days or weeks, until it is time to go.

Help Build Our Dream


Why we need a Residential Hospice

This is a much needed service as there is a recognized province-wide shortage of hospice beds. This shortage means, for example with cancer patients in our area, almost 55% who die, do so in acute care hospitals when most would prefer a choice of home or residential hospice. With our higher than average senior population, the need for residential hospice beds is growing. 42.3% of North Simcoe residents in our area of coverage are over the age of 55. Today, should someone wish to die in a Hospice, the closest hospice is 45 minutes away (if there is a room available). This makes it much harder for friends and family to visit at a time when every moment counts. These hospice beds will also free up hospital beds for those needing curing/healing and save taxpayer dollars. A hospital bed costs $1,100/day to run versus a hospice bed at $439/day to run.


What a Residential Hospice means to people


In Support of Hospice - Joan Taylor

Sharing a Very Personal Experience - Yvonne Hamelin



Building "Tomkins House" ... February 2019 Update

In just over a year we have raised 3.3 million in direct donations, pledged funds and in-kind donations towards the building of our residential hospice, “Tomkins House”. With the government’s contribution of one million dollars through a matching grant program, we are just $500,000 short of having the committed funds to complete the build. We are truly grateful to be part of such a supportive community.

The expected cost to build the residential hospice is $4.8 million – a formidable amount, but necessary due to the higher standards that must be met in building what is essentially a mini-hospital within a home-like building. There are multiple washrooms, infection control criteria, mechanical requirements, specialized beds, a nurse call system, community rooms etc. that raise the cost of the building. Be assured that we are being as prudent as possible with donated funds while still meeting the ministry mandated standards.

We are anxious to get Tomkins House built and are preparing the tender for construction at this moment. The 3.1 acre land purchase from the Town of Penetanguishene (for a nominal fee) is complete and the deed is in our hands. Trees have been cleared, test holes drilled and an architect/engineering firm was hired to design the structural, engineering, mechanical etc. overlays and to provide guidance throughout the construction process. Construction will begin in the early spring. We anticipate providing high quality end-of-life hospice care by the end of 2019.

Once open, hospices are only funded for about 50% of their operational costs, the rest is raised through in-memory donations, events and community support. Based on other hospice results, this is quite achievable once the residential hospice is up and running. Your support is greatly needed. Each donation takes us one step closer to building this essential community resource, allowing family to focus on what is important in those final days and keeping families closer to home at a time when family, friends and community support is especially needed.

Death of a loved one affects us all and Hospice Huronia has been providing support to individuals and families in North Simcoe for almost 25 years through home visiting and bereavement support. Our services, including those of a residential hospice, are free to the client. Now, with the building of Tomkins House, individuals unable to remain at home to die will have the option of being supported in a local, home-like setting, offering “Comfort, Care, Compassion” to the client and their families. Please consider being part of this community project. It will touch the lives of every resident in time.

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Hospice Huronia recognizes that we are situated on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg people. We acknowledge the enduring presence of First Nation, Métis and Inuit people on this land and are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect. Miigwech / Thank you

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