Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Our Hospice Care Centre is a place where life is lived, and every moment is important. A place that is always open, and as close to home as it can possibly be. A place that is accessible and accommodating to residents, and as many friends and family members as they wish to welcome. A place that is beautiful, bright and airy, and most importantly, will offer compassionate care and comfort 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost to those receiving the service.

Ed’s House offers:

  • Two level building, containing main level focused on patient care and a lower level focused on outreach and education
  • Ten private hospice care suites, six currently operational, and four future expansion suites
  • Family dining room
  • Living room with a children’s play area
  • Education room
  • Spiritual room for all faiths and traditions
  • Cozy family room with double-sided fireplace
  • Spa tub room
  • Beautiful gardens, and a large deck overlooking beautiful green space
  • Family café where family can enjoy a cup of coffee and a light snack
  • A gourmet kitchen where our Food Services Coordinator prepares meals for our residents

Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • Valid OHIP
  • Life-limiting illness
  • Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) of 30% or less, OR prognosis of 3 weeks or less
  • Agree to a “Do not resuscitate status” (DNR)
  • Established plan of care, with no further investigations planned
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  • Identified Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) or signed Power of Attorney (POA)
  • Care can safely be managed at Hospice
  • Client does not require airborne isolation
  • Client does not require a secure unit or physical restraints
  • Client acknowledges that Implantable Cardioverting Defibrillator (ICD) needs to be turned off if applicable.
  • Most Responsible Provider (MRP) has submitted completed Palliative Care Order Set.
  • Priority is given to clients of and/or those with family residing in Northumberland County.

Most clients come to Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre in their last three weeks of life when they can no longer stay in their own home because their care needs are too great. Care is provided by nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other members of the care team include Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, physicians, counsellors and volunteers. Care in the hospice residence addresses all aspects of the client’s well-being – physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and practical.

For questions concerning admissions to Ed’s House or to arrange a tour please call 1-855-473-8875.

FAQ For Resident Care

What is a PPS?

A palliative performance scale (PPS) is a common tool used amongst care teams to determine a client’s level of care needs and where they are on the illness trajectory. A lower PPS percentage indicates the person is closer to end of life.  The percentage scored is based on the person’s mobility, oral food/fluid intake, level of consciousness (alert, drowsy, confused, comatose) and ability to meet their self-care needs (bathing, dressing one’s self).

What is a DNR? (If I sign a DNR what does this mean?)

DNR (do not resuscitate) is a wish made by the client to not receive any life-saving measures in the event of a medical emergency. This would include not initiating such measures as chest compressions, airway support and defibrillation. A DNR form has to be signed by either a doctor or registered staff member such as a RN/RPN.