Many construction projects are considered essential and one of these is Ed’s House – the new Hospice centre just north of Cobourg. The Community Care newsletter shared news of progress and included some photos. They quoted the fact that Ed’s House is considered an essential project and said that “Precautions, including physical distancing and frequent hand washing, are being taken on-site to ensure the health and safety of all workers.” For those who are not aware of what Ed’s House is, it’s a Hospice – that is, a place where the terminally ill can have dignified and competent care with pleasant surroundings. Cobourg News blog reported on the highly successful fundraising – see links below. The project team is still expecting an opening in the Fall of 2020.
The Hospice will be managed by Northumberland Community Care which currently provides a range of services including transportation services, meals on wheels, home help and maintenance and more. See their web site here for an update on what’s happened to them in the Covid-19 crisis – for example, meals on wheels will now supply frozen meals instead of hot, and volunteer drivers will no longer provide transportation services. Only essential transportation will be provided and then it will be by Community care drivers, not volunteers, and in Community Care Specialized Transportation vehicles. Their offices are closed although they can be contacted by email or phone.
But this is a good news story – the people of Cobourg and area have been very generous with their time and money to provide a service needed by people in their final hour and it’s progressing well.
Here are some photos of the current status of the project – above and below.
- Ed’s House Fundraising Exceeds Goal – 24 May 2019
- Groundbreaking for the Northumberland Hospice Hub – 24 April 2019