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 asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer, Sandra Murphy: Why is Hospice important to you?

"I was asked by a friend about seven years ago to take the Hospice Society course with her. At that time, I did not know a lot about Hospice. I am so grateful that I did so as I love volunteering in the Palliative Care Unit at the hospital. It is so heartwarming to be with clients "at the end". I like to hold their hand and tell them that they are not alone and that I am there with them. It is a real honour and I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the Hospice Society."
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Did you know... We have volunteers that share their time and talents to make sure that the kitchen in the Palliative Care Unit smells amazing? Hospice provides baking supplies and our volunteers bring their favourite recipes for baked goods that they prepare right in the kitchen and share with patients and their families.

If you would like to make a donation of baking supplies we are always in need of flour, chocolate chips and margarine or gift cards that our volunteers can purchase supplies, as they are needed. We are always grateful for the generous support of our community!

Pictured (left to right) are Becky Main, Ethel MacLaughlin, Laurie Gunn, Bettie Spence and Krys Galvin
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Progress continues on our garden. Join us every Friday this summer for our Garden & Chat series, including THIS FRIDAY (June 14), at 10:00 am.

We'll provide the coffee and tea, you bring your gardening gloves!
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It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 615 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated to be $450!

Thank you to all participants for your continued support...

It's not too late to sign up – Find out everything you need to know at cehhospice.org/bucket-list-50-50/.
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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer, Steve Taylor: Why is Hospice important to you?

"I was wanting to do more volunteering and I happened to listen to a gentleman from Halifax that spoke about Hospice and I was inspired by his talk. I was quite taken by his insight and I decided to stop by the Hospice office in Truro, completed my application, went through the interview process, took the training course and have been a volunteer for the past six years.

I really enjoy being a volunteer and look forward to my weekly visits at the Palliative Care Unit. It is a pleasure to be associated with all the other dedicated Hospice volunteers, staff, Board of Directors, doctors, nurses, LPN's, social workers and cleaning staff at the hospital.

I always have a more positive attitude after my visits."
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We asked Colchester East Hants Hospice Society Volunteer, Sandra Murphy: Why is Hospice important to you? .
"I was asked by a friend about seven years ago to take the Hospice Society course with her. At that time, I did not know a lot about Hospice. I … https://t.co/1AhzGLguIh

Did you know... We have volunteers that share their time and talents to make sure that the kitchen in the Palliative Care Unit smells amazing? Hospice provides baking supplies and our volunteers bring their favourite recipes for baked goods that they pre… https://t.co/mg5waMMbM5

Progress continues on our garden. Join us every Friday this summer for our Garden & Chat series, including THIS FRIDAY (June 14), at 10:00 am.
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We'll provide the coffee and tea, you bring your gardening gloves!
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#hospice #garden #chat #downtowntruro #t… https://t.co/y5VtNHDc08

It is a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 615 – was NOT played. Next week's winnings are estimated to be $450!
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Thank you to all participants for your continued support...
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It's not too late to sign u… https://t.co/A0K0ohOWQv

What's on your Bucket List? Thanks to Alicia from @trurobuzz for helping us spread the word on our Hospice Bucket List 50/50!

Full details here: https://t.co/NWVJx6YEGk)

#trurobuzz #downtowntruro #bucketlist #hospice #fundraiser #locallovetruro

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