Fund Homecare Canada

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About Fund Homecare Canada

In-home palliative care can have a profound impact on patients’ end of life experience, offering a more comfortable and dignified quality of life. Unfortunately, the high cost of homecare puts it out of reach for many in need. We believe that palliative homecare should be accessible for all, which is why we created Fund Homecare Canada: a Canadian registered charitable, non-profit organization that provides financial support to cancer patients with in-home palliative care needs.


Personal Stories

Discover the powerful impact that in-home palliative care can have through personal stories from our team and the people we serve.

“When faced with a terminal diagnosis of a loved one, most families will face financial hardship while struggling to come to terms with the inevitable loss. My husband, Nigel, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Appendiceal cancer at the age of 35 while we learned of my pregnancy of our 2nd son.”

Why Palliative?

Palliative care can significantly enhance the quality of life of patients with progressive, life-altering illness, offering them comfort and dignity in a place of their choosing. Furthermore, research shows that assistance with palliative care not only gives respite to the patient, but alleviates the degree of emotional, social and financial stress for loved ones who may care for a patient. Unfortunately, Canada’s patchwork of palliative care services is costly and inconsistent, which harms patients and the sustainability of our healthcare system.

(Cancer Society report reference)

Why Homecare?

Homecare provides patients with a level of comfort and privacy that are hard to come by in an external care environment. However, about 80% of care is typically provided by informal caregivers like family, friends and neighbors1, and they simply don’t have the time or financial resources to make prolonged homecare a reality. While 75% of Canadians state that they would prefer to die at home, 42% ultimately die in acute care hospitals2.

1 Fast, 2009
2 Canadian Home Care Association, 2018

Why Cancer?

Cancer touches all of our lives in some way, shape or form. Tragically, a Canadian Cancer Society report shows that critically ill Canadians are falling through the cracks when it comes to palliative care.

It is estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime

1 in 4 will die from cancer

Statistics Canada has identified cancer as the second leading health condition requiring care, topped only by age-related conditions

Canadians with cancer are also 3 times more likely to receive palliative care than Canadians with other conditions

(CIHI, 2018) – Canadian Institute for Health Information. 
(Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2019) 

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