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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Did You Know?

We were able to purchase our new home – at 89 Queen Street in Truro – thanks to two generous gifts from the community.

The first was from the late Joanne Venner, who bequeathed her home to the hospice society in 2010. The second was from 107-year-old Nelly Traxler who left half of her estate to the society in honour of her mother, Frau Marta Bumova.

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society took possession of this 20th century, revival style house on March 27th, 2013 and moved our offices in that Fall.

Where the hospice society does not receive direct funding from the government, we rely on the support of a generous community to fund our programs and services.

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The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society welcomed a new Executive Director in December, 2018. Stacey Harrison has been at the helm for just over four months and is looking forward to what the future holds for her and the organization.

"I sat on the Hospice Board for two years and, after experiencing a personal loss, I was prompted to get more involved with the organization. When the opportunity came up, I was excited to take on this new role."
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A great discussion on Historical & Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief. A huge thank you to our panelists Dr. Lynn Jones, Cynthia Martin, Samantha Molen, Ashley Sutherland, and our moderator Craig Johnson. #mycompassionatecanada @Col_Historeum @CanadianHPCAssn

Stop by the @Col_Historeum tonight at 7pm for "Historical Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief". A panel discussion in collaboration with @hospice_ceh This is a free event, all welcome!

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