Most frequent questions and answers

Hospice is a philosophy and overall approach to care provided to individuals living with – and dying from – a life-limiting illness. Hospice palliative care is designed to relieve suffering and help people live their remaining time in comfort and with dignity. Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice has two residential hospices that provide exceptional palliative care in a tranquil, homelike setting to individuals whose death is approaching, as well as support their loved ones through the end-of-life journey.

We are proud of our compassionate staff of nurses, personal support workers, social workers, bereavement coordinator, spiritual care providers, and pet and music therapists, all of whom have specialized training in palliative care. We are further supported by a team of four palliative care physicians who participate in one-month rotations, visiting the Houses twice weekly, and providing twenty-four-hour coverage, seven days a week.

We are also fortunate to have a committed team of over 200 volunteers whose contributions – from cooking, baking, gardening, to event planning and fundraising – help Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice immensely.

Collectively, our staff has decades of experience caring for people at end-of-life, and we believe each person’s final breath is as sacred as their first.

All referrals for hospice palliative care will be completed through a patient’s physician, nurse practitioner, or through a specific community service provider such as Home and Community Care Support Services Waterloo Wellington or OHT (Ontario Health Team). Because referrals are triaged daily, a Resource Nurse from Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice will call the patient and/or their family to talk about the referral and determine the goals of care.

When a bed becomes available, our Resource Nurse will again reach out to the patient to offer a bed. Depending on the circumstances, the offer doesn’t need to be accepted immediately; patients may decide that staying in their current location and remaining on the list for the next available bed is the best choice. If you’d like more information on this process or need some help navigating the referral system, please give us a call – we welcome your questions and are happy to provide information that helps guide decision-making.

The short answer is, no. If the primary caregiver or family members live in the Region of Waterloo, you’re eligible for a referral to Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice. If you’re uncertain whether you or your family member qualifies to access care here, we welcome your call and your questions.

Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice has strict policy in place that protects the personal information of residents, potential residents, family members, employees, volunteers, and donors. The names of residents and visitors – both previous and current – are not disclosed to any staff or volunteers unless specifically required for their role. A privacy code is created for each resident, and only those who are given the code can receive updates about a resident over the phone. We know that maintaining a trusting relationship requires us to be accountable in how we treat information, and we carefully follow the principles set out by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) of Canada.

Lisaard House is at 990 Speedsville Road in Cambridge, and Innisfree House is at 2375 Homer Watson Boulevard in Kitchener. While Innisfree House is on a bus route, Lisaard House is not currently accessible by transit.

Free parking, including accessible spaces, are available at both Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice locations.

All of the resident rooms in our Houses are spacious and private. Each has its own ensuite bathroom, a large reclining chair for guests, cable TV, radio, mini-fridge, a large table for photos, flowers, and other treasures, and ample closet space. Each room is outfitted with large double patio doors that open to the outside, bringing the tranquil gardens on each property into every resident’s room. Lisaard House has six private rooms, and Innisfree House has ten; due to COVID-19 restrictions, we aren’t hosting on-site tours at this time, but please enjoy a virtual tour of the Houses here.

While there is no overall charge to residents or families for their time at Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice, there may be some expenses related to the care needs of individual residents, which might include:

  • Medical transport to the Houses
  • Medication not covered by the Ontario Drug Benefit or your third-party insurance
  • Personal care items (i.e. toiletries, incontinence products)

There are a few things a new resident should have – a valid Ontario Health Card, paperwork for any applicable Powers of Attorney, medications, toiletries, and some clothing. Our Resource Nurse will be sure to discuss any other items that might be useful to have on hand.

We will provide all general dietary requirements; our staff takes time with each resident to discuss dietary preferences, and prepares all the meals and regular beverages. For those with restrictive dietary requirements and preferences, each room is equipped with a mini-fridge that families can fill with any preferred specialty items.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitor guidelines have changed and continue to be modified. Please call our Resource Nurse for information and advice about the current visitor protocol.

Due to COVID19 restrictions all residents’ laundry will be done on-site and returned to them provided all clothing is labelled.

Pets are allowed to visit, provided they meet the requirements. Please check with staff; you’ll need to complete a pet waiver before bringing a pet into the hospice.