What Is the Diane Morrison Hospice?
No one in our community deserves to die alone. The Diane Morrison Hospice at The Ottawa Mission provides 24-hour palliative nursing care to people facing the final days of their lives. Through a partnership with Ottawa Inner City Health, nurses and client-care workers as well as other healthcare professionals offer Hospice patients crucial physical, emotional, and spiritual support at every stage of their illness.
Named after Ottawa Mission Executive Director Diane Morrison, who saw a need for this type of care and helped create the Hospice in 2001, the facility is located right next to The Ottawa Mission shelter in a four-storey building that adjoins the main shelter, but with a separate entrance at 53 Daly Street.
Who is Eligible for Admission at the Diane Morrison Hospice?
At the Diane Morrison Hospice, patients are referred to our facility.
Our program admits:
- People who are homeless or street involved and living with a rapidly-progressing terminal illness;
- People who need assistance in managing pain or symptoms associated with a terminal illness; and
- People with a terminal illness who are unable to access ‘mainstream’ palliative care due to behaviour or lifestyle.
The Ottawa Mission provides all aspects of housing, transportation, and spiritual care while Ottawa Inner City Health provides doctor supervision. Carefor, an agency recognized for its expertise in palliative care, provides trained staff to see to the day-to-day needs of our patients. We also offer visits from physiotherapists and occupational therapists through the Community Care Access Centre, and proudly partner with the Mobile Pain and Symptom Management Team from the Elizabeth Bruyère Health Centre, who consult with our clients and provide their expertise in assisting with complex symptoms of pain and illness.
By providing an alternative to hospital care, it’s estimated our hospice saves the hospital system an estimated $50,000 per person.
We welcome our clients’ biological, adoptive, and street families and friends to help provide care, along with our dedicated volunteers (overseen by The Ottawa Mission’s Volunteer Manager). Their roles may include reading to individuals, playing games or cards, and taking someone out for a walk.
When someone dies in our Hospice, a memorial service is often held to provide a chance for friends, family, and staff to mourn. If no family members are found or involved, the patient is buried at The Ottawa Mission plot at Beechwood Cemetery.
At the Diane Morrison Hospice, we do more than simply provide end-of-life care. We strengthen our community and bring meaning and dignity to death for people who are otherwise forgotten.