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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Health Canada released its Framework on Palliative Care in Canada on December 4th and we are so excited to get to read it! Here is to the future and Canada becoming a leader in palliative care. Everyone is encourage to take a look at this framework and hold the government accountable to it. #canada #palliativecare #hospice #compassionatecommunities ... See MoreSee Less

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Holiday Grief Tip #4: Give yourself permission to be alone and slip away

When we are in pain often times we just want to run away, not just form our pain but from all opportunities for further pain or a reminder of our pain. For self-preservation we can isolate ourselves and stay in a place that is safe where we can be vulnerable and cry. During the holidays are no different. Your grief will continue to be unpredictable and it may surprise you either by making you want to stay where you are or run away. Both of these are okay. It’s ok to not be ok. You are the expert of your own experience. If you want to leave, that’s ok. You can leave, give your healing self permission to go and stay where you feel most safe.
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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

The 50/50 Bucket List is now in Brookfield and Upper Stewiacke!

A BIG thank you to Roops Esso and Upper Stewiacke Co-op for placing our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 in their stores for people to play their toonies.

You can play your toonie up until 12 noon every Wednesday and have a chance at the 50/50 pot of money that has been growing steadily these past few weeks. These two new locations will be available as of tomorrow. Good luck to all!
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Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

Another rollover week this week! A big pot of $355 next week so make sure you play your toonie next week!!We have another rollover week this week, next week there will be a mandatory winner of roughly $355!!! Imagine the holidays you could have with that!

Thank you to all who play and continue to support Hospice!
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5 days ago

Colchester East Hants Hospice Society

2 New Locations for our 50/50 Bucket List!

A BIG thank you to Coldstream Clear Distillery and Bistro 2511 for agreeing to place our Bucket List fundraiser at their retail store and restaurant, respectively!

You can now play closer to home should you live in Stewiacke or Middle Stewiacke and have until 12 noon each Wednesday to play your toonie. Good luck to all!
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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!

.@trurodaily: Colchester-East Hants Hospice holding events for Hospice Palliative Care Week https://t.co/clwzUBIWay #trurons #novascotia #mycompassionatecanada @CanadianHPCAssn

So excited to see your great work supporting #CompassionateCommunities already. Great example #CCforCdns https://t.co/Wg81lTB6ma

Caregiver Awareness Month is officially underway! Join the conversation throughout May using #CGAware2018 to help us raise awareness of all that #novascotia #caregivers do for their families and communities.

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