The Jewish Hospice Program (JHP) was established in 1993 with the aim of providing home-centered hospice services to individuals with life threatening illness, and their families.
The JHP professional team includes social workers, rabbis and volunteers (arranged through our partnership with Circle of Care) whose specialized cultural, religious, spiritual, and clinical expertise informs the supports provided to individuals at end-of-life, and their families – improving quality of life, reducing suffering, and ultimately, helping them live with meaning, dignity and purpose.
This program is continually evolving to meet the growing and changing needs of the community. Beyond direct service provision, staff proactively engage research and professional partners through a range of knowledge exchange and advocacy activities such as:
presenting at conferences;
participating in opportunities for professional growth and learning consistent with new directions in hospice palliative care;
and availing themselves to research studies that will inform and build a stronger continuum of care for service users. The JHP recently participated in a study undertaken by Dr. Paul Holyoke and colleagues from Saint Elizabeth Research Centre. They examined practices in several hospices that have foundations in religious and spiritual care. Their findings identified practices that can be adapted to secular settings which will ultimately improve the quality of the spiritual care these hospices provide.
Through extensive written and verbal evidence, the JHP has demonstrated that it meets, and in some cases exceeds, standards set out by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.
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Click here to view the Hospice Dashboard.