What is Hospice
Hospice provides comfort to individuals during their dying time and support to their families during and following this difficult time. Hospice focuses on caring rather than curing.
When requested, Vigil can be provided for those at their dying time wherever the client is. Four hour shifts 10:00pm – 2:00am and 2:00am – 6:00am. (This would be usually offered during the last 72 hours). We hope this allows the family some respite and peace of mind that their loved one is not alone. It also can be to companion the family during their personal vigil.
Trained volunteers are available Monday through Friday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. These volunteers can stay with a client while their family goes for dinner or has a break. They are available to answer questions, offer Hospice information, advocate for the client and companion the family.
Client and Family Companion Visits
Our trained volunteers spend time with clients wherever the client is – at home, in hospital, in extended care or in residential care. Each volunteer has signed a confidentiality form and has had a criminal record check. Our dedicated team of volunteers have committed to four hours of service each week. They are available to their clients for regular visits. They are not rushed and have time just to be with them or their families to support and listen to their concerns with a non-judgmental attitude.
A Hospice volunteer will companion you and your family during the dying time of your life journey. We are available to you from the time of diagnosis until the end. They can help you navigate the system and share resource information that is available to you. Their compassionate listening skills are a calming gift for you and your family during what is often a very stressful and confusing time.
Live & Learn Day Program
12 Saturdays, three times a year, Saturdays from 10:00 am -3:00pm.
This is an offering of companionship, information and alternative modalities to enhance a person's life through their dying time. We provide a comfortable and safe environment for clients to live and learn.
This is a 12 week program:
A program for clients who are self managing, mobile adults that are living with a life limiting diagnosis and are curious about living their life the best they can while they can.
A program for clients “upstream”'.
A program for clients to share peer support.
A program to learn about and participate in comfort care.
They will arrive at 10:00 am for coffee and socializing.
Enjoy complementary treatments offered by certified therapists.
Indulge in a gourmet lunch prepared by chefs in our community.
Learn comfort care practices like yoga breathing, meditation, art therapy, massage, sharing of life stories and alternative pain management.
The day will end at 3:00 pm.
Music Care Program
We have Music Carts available to our clients to enjoy during times of agitation, pain and transition. We also have a team who can help you create a top ten list of your favorite songs to be burned to CD or USB stick for your continued pleasure and use.
Hospice Volunteers are the heart of hospice. They are compassionate, sensitive individuals who understand how to listen without judgement. They respect your need for confidentiality and honour any religious belief without imposing their own values. Before engaging with a client they complete a 33 hour training program.
A Hospice volunteer will companion you and your family during the dying time of your life journey. They are available to you from the time of diagnosis until the end. They can help you navigate the system and share resource information that is available to you. Their compassionate listening skills are a calming gift for you and your family during what is often a very stressful and confusing time.
This group is for volunteers who want to support Hospice but do not want to work directly with clients. For example, these volunteers could help with fundraising events, help with special projects or help in the office when required.