Hospice of Elgin: An investment ‘in more than bricks and mortar’


city_scope_logo-cmykFour months ago, the province green-lighted an end-of-life residential hospice for St. Thomas and Elgin.
And Thursday (Jan. 16) city council got an enhanced picture of what the palliative care facility will look like and feel once inside.
In her presentation to Mayor Joe Preston and councillors, Laura Sherwood, director of hospice partnerships with St. Joseph’s Health Care Society, detailed the pressing need for the Hospice of Elgin, which will serve the only county in southwestern Ontario currently without a community-based hospice.
Sherwood noted each year, more than 800 people in St. Thomas and Elgin die without adequate services, “placing tremendous pressures on families, caregivers, and our local health care system.”
Within the next dozen years or so, that figure is expected to increase by as much as 50 per cent.

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Nothing like a dog to help de-stress


You don’t equate an ambulance station with puppies scampering around the lounge area sniffing out fallen Timbit remnants.
But that was the scene Wednesday at the Edward Street base station of Medavie EMS Elgin as four puppies and Maggie the therapy dog won over the hearts of all present.
Puppy Day was the brainchild of Pauline Meunier, Medavie EMS Elgin general manager, who saw the opportunity to build on a weekly visit from Maggie. Continue reading