Hospice residences provide a home-like setting, and are often physically attached to a residential care facility, hospital or other type of housing where hospice palliative care is provided on a 24-hour basis.
This is a place for people with a terminal illness in the last weeks of life, who cannot stay at home and need help with their pain and other symptoms. Nursing staff work closely with specialized hospice palliative care physicians and volunteers to provide care. Other team members such as clergy, social workers and pharmacists, provide consultation.
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Hospice Care in Fraser Health
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the alternative to intravenous therapy?
Intravenous therapy is not available in hospice; people requiring intravenous therapy for a purpose other than hydration will not be admitted. However, if you require hydration, fluids are given with a simple under-the-skin method called hypodermoclysis.
What is the expected length of stay at a hospice?
Anyone in their last few weeks of life or with a life expectancy of less than three months may be admitted to hospice. Currently, the average length of stay in a Fraser Health hospice residence is three weeks.
What is the difference between a hospice and a hospice society?
Hospice societies are charitable non-profit organizations serving the community. A hospice (called a hospice residence in Fraser Health) is a care setting for people in the last weeks of life.
Hospice societies partner with Fraser Health to enhance services available to you and your family and, in some cases, are instrumental in funding and supporting hospices.
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
The CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness.
B.C. Palliative Care Benefits Program: Application Form
For palliative care drug coverage and requesting an assessment for medical supplies and equipment.
Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.
B.C. Ministry of Health: End of Life Care
End-of-life care is supportive and compassionate care that focuses on comfort, quality of life, respect for personal health care treatment decisions, support for the family, and psychological, cultural and spiritual concerns for dying people and their families.
B.C. Palliative Care Benefits Program
B.C. Palliative Care benefits are available to B.C. residents of any age who have reached the end stage of a life-threatening disease or illness and who wish to receive palliative care at home—meaning wherever the person is living, whether in their own home, with family or friends, in a supportive/assisted living residence, or in a hospice unit at a residential care facility (e.g. a community hospice bed that is not covered under PharmaCare Plan B).