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.
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.
Meets the need for specialized equipment, supplies and other requests when there are no other funding sources.
Volunteers are sought to provide transportation to palliative patients when needed.
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.
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.