The Hospice Quinte Care Centre will be a safe, comfortable, quiet and welcoming place that feels as close to home as possible. Professional care will be provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and at no cost to the family.

The new 6-bed facility will be conveniently located between Belleville and Quinte West, on a 3-acre property generously donated by the City of Quinte West.

This 10,947 square foot building will be strategically positioned to maximize the greenspace that will enhance the peaceful and home-like environment. The Centre’s design will also accommodate a future expansion to 10 beds.

The Need To Do More

The demand for hospice palliative care in Canada is steadily increasing and will soon create a significant concern. According to Statistics Canada, seniors make up the fastest growing age group, and the senior population in the Quinte area is above the provincial average.

Currently, there are no community-based hospice beds in our service area therefore, those who would prefer to die in a hospice have to travel to Picton or Madoc. Statistics show us that:

  • 70-80% of Canadians would prefer to die at home, but the reality is that 67% of Canadians died in hospital (Statistics Canada, 2007).
  • The cost of care in a hospital palliative care bed is approximately $850-$1100 daily and increases in the last month of a patient’s life. The cost of a hospice palliative bed is estimated to be $460 daily (HPCO).
  • Only 3% of Canadians die suddenly. That means 97% of us will know we are dying before our death, allowing us to plan for care, such as hospice, to live well to the end of life – in comfort, with meaning and with support for our caregivers (HPCO).
  • A recent report of Palliative Care indicated that 87% of Canadians required palliative care, but only 15% received it (Canadian Institute for Health Information).

Hospice Quinte Care Centre

Hospice Quinte is committed to providing our region with a valuable community benefit – a place that will meet the unique needs of each individual, with care, comfort and compassion at the centre. An alternate place to go when hospital or home care are no longer an option.

When a cure is no longer possible, the Hospice Quinte Care Centre will journey alongside clients, families and caregivers, during the transition of the illness to death and through bereavement.

A highly skilled multi-disciplinary team of physicians and allied health care providers will focus on pain management and providing the greatest quality of life possible. Extensively trained volunteers will work collaboratively with the team to ensure the emotional, cultural, spiritual, practical and functional needs of each client and their family are met.

A Place for Residents & Families

  • Six bedrooms with private washrooms and view of greenspace
  • Each bedroom features access to a private outdoor patio
  • Accommodation for guest overnight stay in each bedroom
  • Light-filled spaces that are calming, welcoming, and accessible
  • Quiet / Spriritual area
  • Bright open-concept kitchen and dining room
  • Family rooms for private visits
  • Sun rooms, lounges, and gathering spaces
  • Peaceful outdoor greenspace and garden
  • Laundry facilities for family use

A Place for Expanded Programming

  • Support program space
  • Visiting hospice program space
  • Spiritual care space
  • Complimentary therapy space
  • Community program space
  • Nursing station and medical services area
  • Volunteer space
  • Administrative Offices

Progress To Date

A great deal has been accomplished over the past year, and the project is gathering momentum:

May 2018Project Manager Engaged
July 2018Architect engaged
August 2018Building Committee underway
August 2018Tours of other Ontario hospice centres
August 2018World Café Visioning Workshop – 30 attendees
September 2018Campaign Community Assessment conducted
September 2018Environmental & geotechnical studies undertaken
November 2018Final schematic design drawings approved
December 2018MOHLTC announces capital funding for 6-bed hospice for Hospice Quinte
January 2019$9.5M Heart & Home Building Campaign launched
June 2019Transfer of deed for land from City of Quinte West to Hospice Quinte
September 2020Proposed start of construction
September 2020‘Make It Happen’ Community Phase Launch
Fall 2021Projected opening of Hospice Quinte Care Centre


“As our communities join together, we will ensure the new Hospice Quinte Care Centre becomes a reality for those needing safe refuge from the difficult journey of life-limiting illness, death, and grief.”

Co-Chairs, Heart & Home Campaign Committee