Unlike Ronald McDonald House, which provides a temporary home for families who have children receiving medical care and treatments in a hospital, Emily's House provides a home-like environment in which children with life-limiting illness can receive medical care.
Emily's House is located in beautiful Riverdale neighbourhood at 45 Jack Layton Way (Just North of Gerrard St. East/Broadview Ave.) There is paid street parking along Gerrard, as well as some free street parking on side streets nearby between certain designated times. It is serviced by TTC Streetcar Routes 504, 505, 506 and by Bus Routes 306 (blue night streecar route). Please click here to see a map.
A referral to Emily's House can come from a parent/guardian, pediatric palliative care physician, family physician, nurse practitioner, nurse, social worker, or case manager. Admission guidelines, referral and application forms can be found here.
Families accessing Standard Respite are responsible for providing the child's medications, diapers, special food, and other supplies required by the child's condition. Emily's House is responsible for supplies related to Advanced Respite care as well as all direct costs of care. Emily's House relies on generous support of volunteers, individual donors and corporate sponsors in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to offer our programs at no cost.
Emily's House receives government funding that is further supported by fundraising efforts and generous private donations.
If your child can be cared for at home with medical complexities, then they can be cared for at Emily's House. Please contact the Intake Coordinator to find out how Emily's House can accommodate your child.
Emily's House can accommodate a maximum of 10 children at a time. However, capacity may vary at any given time vased on the unique needs of our patients and their families.
Children receiving Standard Respite are permitted up to 28 nights per year. Emergency respite care is dependant on availability. End of life care is a priority and will be provided for as long as neccessary.
Please contact Joanne Gallevo, firstname.lastname@example.org, to make a booking at Emily's House. Please be sure to complete all the appropriate forms prior to admission. All forms can be found here.
Immediate family members are welcome to stay with their chilren at Emily's House. Depending on available space and other resources, siblings may stay overnight. Permission must be requested and arrangements made ahead of time with the Intake Coordinator.
Emily's House is staffed by a play therapist responsible for planning recreational programs according to your child's preferences and abilities. Emily's House aims to provide a "home away from home". A care plan will be developed with you and your child prior to or at admission that will include appropriate acitivies to meet your child's needs.
There are no formalized visiting hours, but if you have guests after 2100, we recommend that you visit with your guests on the main floor. Visitors must sign in at the reception desk and obtain a visitor's badge that must be worn at all times.
Admission times for Standard Respite is 1300h – 2000h. No admissions will be scheduled from 1830h – 1930h. Admission times for Advanced Respite, Pain and Sympton Management, and End-of-life care is 0900h -1700h.
Please review the Personal Belongings Checklist as well as our "What to Bring for Respite" section of the Family Handbook. All medications, special equipment, clothing (labelled with your child's name), toiletries and special toys that your child requires should be brought from home. The personal belongings checklist can be found here and can be used as a guideline of things to bring for your child's visit.
Please review your Personal Belongings Checklist prior to discharge from Emily's House to avoid forgetting any items from your stay. Should any items be forgotten, please contact our nursing station and they will assist you in locating the item(s).
If your child is receiving Advanced Respite care, the Palliative Advanced Care Team would assess your child's condition and provide recommendations for how to respond to your child's change in health status. If your child becomes sick while receiving Standard Respite care, you will be contacted by staff for direction as to how to proceed. Together with you, Emily's House staff will determine the best way to manage the situation. This may require for you or a designated individual to pick up your child and remove him or her from respite care. If the situation requires, or Emily's House staff isunable to contact you, EMS would be called and your child would be transferred to an acute care facility.
Please communicate your desire for additional counseling, bereavement, and spiritual support to our staff at Emily's House and/or to the clinical nurse manager. They will then provide a referral for chaplaincy and spiritual support services.
Emily's House is in the process of estabilshing arrangements with the Toronto District School Board to support children continuing their schooling while at Emily's House.
Emily's House provides services for children all across Ontario. Please contact us directly to discuss how Emily's House and the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care can best support your family.
Please call ahead and speak with the staff if you would like to visit Emily's House. Every effort will be made to accomodate your visit, however, it may not be appropriate given the activities and circumstances occuring in the house at that time.
For any additional questions, please contact us at email@example.com and you will be forwarded to someone who can assist you [Note: due to the volume of requests, we may not be able to respond to all inquiries in a timely manner.]