The seeds for establishing and growing the Hospice movement on the Sunshine Coast were sown in 1985. As was the situation when the movement started in the United Kingdom, the beginnings of Hospice on the Coast were directly linked with a single terminally ill patient. And also as was the situation in the U.K. a small group of compassionate people felt this patient had not received the appropriate palliative care and they took the first tentative steps not knowing where it would lead.
Shortly after a committee was formed with the first objective being to seek out information about Hospice and palliative care. They spent two years attending workshops in the Lower Mainland, going to meetings and visiting people in Powell River who had a palliative care program already in place. The group was particularly interested in understanding pain control and to increase their knowledge, they would go on doctors’ rounds.
Our two palliative care rooms and adjoining family room have been provided through fund raising carried out by our Sunshine Coast Hospice volunteers.
The medical care is provided by the nursing staff at Shorncliffe Extended Care Facility where our Hospice rooms are located. This care is carried out in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health who charge our patients a per diem rate.
Support for these patients and their family members is provided by our dedicated Sunshine Coast Hospice volunteers. This support includes using the “listening skills ” we have learned through both our training and our experience.
Rooms offer a tranquil setting with provision for a family member to spend the nights with their loved one. Just outside of the family room is a beautiful patio and garden area for those who enjoy the outdoors also maintained by our volunteers.
Referral to Sunshine Coast Hospice can be made through your family Doctor, family members, friends or by by self-referral.
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