Improved Pediatric Palliative Care in Hamilton

The Ontario government is investing up to $2.5 million to support the construction of a new new 10 bed children’s hospice, allowing families to connect to comfortable and dignified end-of-life care, close to home, in the Hamilton region.

“Through our government’s 2024 budget, we are taking action to connect Ontario families to the care they need close to home and near their loved ones,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Our investment to expand access to pediatric end-of-life care for families in the Hamilton region is another step our government is taking to deliver compassionate, dignified and specialized care for patients and their loved ones.”

Keaton’s House – Paul Paletta Children’s Hospice will offer families palliative care for children and youth living with progressive life-limiting illnesses. The hospice is expected to open in 2026, where features and services will include 10 bedrooms for children where family members can stay with their child, bright and accessible play, activity and gathering areas inside and out, including garden space.
There is also space for day wellness programs and therapies such as massage, movement, recreation and music; residential care, including pediatric end-of-life nursing and personal support; respite care and symptom management; at home hospice services; and, private and quiet areas for families.

There is also grief and bereavement support for parents, caregivers, siblings and grandparents.




Improved Pediatric Palliative Care in Hamilton

Palliative care, which includes end-of-life care, can begin as early as the diagnosis of a serious illness and focuses on improving the quality of each individual’s life.


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