Busy Times Ahead For Hospice

The site of the future hospice in Leamington, June 5, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Black)

There’s still lots of work to be done before Leamington’s new hospice opens its doors.

Executive Director at the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Carol Derbyshire says they’re setting up what the facility will look like in terms of staffing, from nurses to support workers and the like. “We will be hiring social work, and pastoral care. We will be working with the docs out here. Our physicians from Windsor will come out and be working with them and recruiting some of the docs to help us out.”

Derbyshire says there will be eight full-time staff at the 10-bed hospice, along with about a hundred volunteers. A recent volunteer recruitment night saw 178 people turn out. Derbyshire says they’ll be holding volunteer training sessions for about eight weeks, starting three weeks from now, and again in the fall.

The Leamington hospice is expected to open in January of 2015.