Palliative Care

Volunteer Visiting

At Hospice we believe that volunteer visitors can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals and their families as they face serious illness. Volunteers can visit individuals and families in the hospital or at home. Volunteer Visitors can:

  • Provide companionship.
  • Offer a compassionate listening ear.
  • Share in meaningful and comforting activities.
  • Run errands or provide rides.
  • Provide respite for the family.

Volunteer visits in the hospital are made daily and home visits are scheduled at mutually agreeable times. The presence of volunteers can improve quality of life for those who are ill and their caregivers.

Practical Support

Often a family facing end of life can also be faced with financial and practical hardship. The Hospice Society is able to provide support quickly where it is needed. Your Palliative Care team can make a referral to the Hospice Society indicating the families’ needs and the Hospice will do everything possible to help. Some of our programs for practical support include:

Food From The Heart
Provides grocery gift certificates to individuals or families on the palliative program who are also facing financial challenges. Learn more below.

Special Equipment/Supplies
Meets the need for specialized equipment, supplies and other requests when there are no other funding sources.

Transportation
Volunteers are sought to provide transportation to palliative patients when needed.

Other Supports

Advocacy & System Navigation
The Hospice is available to assist families in navigating an often confusing health care system and advocating for their needs and rights.

Wish Fulfillment
Sometimes a palliative patient has a special wish that would provide them with a meaningful or cherished end of life experience. If the family needs assistance in order to fulfill this wish, the Palliative Team can make a request to Hospice for special assistance. Hospice strives to fulfill special requests as funds are available.

Art a la Carte
Provides a choice of artwork to palliative patients in the hospital to personalize their room. Artwork was generously donated by local artist Joy Laking.

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We have a full week of events and activities happening during National Hospice Palliative Care Week (NHPCW) in 2018! Please check out the events listed on our page, and get in touch with any questions you may have.

A special thank you so much to all of our NHPCW 2018 partners who are helping to build a more Compassionate Community in Colchester East Hants: Truro Farmers Market Cooperative, Sobeys, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS), Colchester Historeum, Colchester - East Hants Public Library, First United Church, Truro, NS, Caregivers Nova Scotia Association and NovelTea Bookstore Cafe. #trurons #novascotia #mycompassiontecanada
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We have two NEW workplace education programs with Serena Lewis coming in May! https://t.co/ycO7rpkCmy #trurons #novascotia #hospice #palliative

We have a full week of events and activities happening during National Hospice Palliative Care Week in 2018! https://t.co/chzsY43iBN @CanadianHPCAssn @palliumcanada @PH4PC #mycompassionatecanada #novascotia #trurons

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We are pleased to announce we will be offering another Hospice Workplace Education program with Serena Lewis in Spring of 2018. #trurons #novascotia https://t.co/twEr9k8WAE

Truro & area: Are a family/friend caregiver? Do you feel overwhelmed by all of your responsibilities? @CaregiversNS 's free Caregiver Stress Management workshop on May 10 can help. @CEHPL @hospice_ceh

Elmsdale & area: Are you a family/friend caregiver? Are you looking for ways to maintain or regain your life balance? @CaregiversNS 's free Caregiver Stress Management workshop on May 9th can help. @CEHPL @hospice_ceh

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