​​​Photo from left to right:  Angela Dosis, Elizabeth Dougherty, Camilla Zimmermann and Vince Addario
The Hospice Palliative Care Directory was an initiative from team at Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. In photo from left to right:  Angela Dosis, Elizabeth Dougherty, Camilla Zimmermann and Vince Addario. (Photo:UHN)​

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre released a new online, interactive and comprehensive tool meant to help families and healthcare providers access timely and accurate information on hospice and palliative care services across Ontario. This directory was designed to empower patients, families and healthcare providers in making timely and informed choices about end of life care. 

"Our new online Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) directory is a comprehensive tool dedicated to reducing barriers while promoting Palliative Care," said Elizabeth Dougherty, Oncology Social Worker, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  "Building on our previous research, this directory was designed to empower patients, families and healthcare providers in making timely and informed choices about end of life care."

Hospice setting can be helpful

Although some people hope to remain at home for the duration of their illness, many people find that admission to an inpatient Hospice Palliative Care setting can be helpful. These inpatient care settings include Palliative Care Units, Residential Hospices, or dedicated Palliative Care beds within local hospitals. Inpatient Hospice Palliative Care offers 24 hour care, specialist pain and symptom management and psychosocial support for patients and families.

How to use the tool

The interactive map can be searched by address, city, or postal code and results can be limited to a certain geographic distance, specified by the user. A detailed view of each setting shows the address, phone, and fax numbers and links to other important details:

  • Admission criteria: provides details on what requirements must be met to be accepted to the hospice palliative care setting. These requirements may include age, reason for admission, prognosis, diagnosis, and doctor referral.
  • Patient and Family Services: provides details on what programs and services are offered to patients and families, what medical needs are accommodated, and what staff support roles are available at the hospice palliative care setting.
  • Facility Information: provides details about the facility, area served (catchment area), number of hospice/palliative care beds, and types of accommodation available.


Visit the Inpatient Hospice Palliative Care Directory at: http://www.theprincessmargaret.ca/HPContario

Please note that we will continue to add new programs and update the facilities listed as we learn of changes. Contact ontario.hpc@rmp.uhn.ca for more information or to request a change to a facility in the directory.

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