North Durham hospice opening doors early in new year

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North Durham is closer than ever to having a its own hospice residence. The new Oak Ridges Hospice, located in Port Perry, is scheduled to complete construction by the end of this month, and expects to be ready to offer palliative individuals and their loved ones in early 2021.

Named “Morgan & Sidhu House” in recognition of legacy donors, Kevin Morgan and Dave Sidhu, the hospice reports that it will have a warm and home-like feel to be a comfortable place for end-of-life care.

The 12,500 sq. ft. building will include ten private bedrooms equipped with en suite washroom, electric bed, and home-like furnishings and decor. There will be space to accomodate family and friends to visit or stay overnight.

The hospice will provide care through specially trained palliative caregivers who will focus on maintaining residents’ comfort, dignity, and quality of life. In fall of this year, the hospice reached its construction fundraising goal of $8.6 million, which allowed completion of the building. It has now begun an “"Opening our Doors for Compassionate Care" campaign to raise another $500,000 for furniture and equipment.

An anonymous local donor has reportedly pledged to match dollar for dollar every donation made up to a total of $175,000.

Oak Ridges Hospice is the first in a network of hospices in the Durham Region, which will include others in Whitby and Clarington.

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Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos