The Irene Thomas Hospice is a 10-suite facility located adjacent to the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner, BC.
The hospice is purpose-built to provide a home-like environment with as much privacy and comfort as possible. It offers 24 hour nursing care and support for individuals in the last weeks and months of life when care cannot be managed at home. Family and friends are invited to be present at any time and to participate in providing care and comfort with the support of the care team.
Each suite is a private bedroom with its own bathroom and shower. Doors open on to a private patio and each room has its own TV, phone, couch, recliner chair, desk and closet.
Please note that referrals for admission are considered on an individual basis taking into consideration care requirements. A Fraser Health department called Access arranges admissions to lower mainland hospices including the Irene Thomas Hospice. To be eligible for placement by Access, a person must first be on the Fraser Health Palliative Care program. The necessary paperwork, referred to as Part 1 and Part 2 needs to be completed by Home Care Nursing or a personal or hospitalist physician. Without the Part 1 and Part 2 DHS cannot make an admission.
They have a palliative diagnosis and are living with a progressive, life-limiting illness
They are residents in the Fraser Health Authority (individuals from other locations within the region can be admitted depending on room availability)
They have a physician who supports a referral to hospice and has registered them with the appropriate palliative care benefits program
Their goal of care is palliative and comfort-oriented, rather than focused on cure
They consent to admission to hospice and the hospice palliative care philosophy
They reside in their own home or in an Assisted Living facility
As of January 2018, the daily fee charged to hospice clients is $37.10 (this fee is set by the BC Ministry of Health)
Most medications, supplies and equipment are paid for by the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program
Volunteer support at hospice is provided free of charge
Services available to hospice patients and families, such as complementary and pet therapies, social work support and bereavement follow-up, are provided free of charge
If you would like more information about eligibility for admission, speak to your family doctor, your specialist, or your home care nurse.
For more information about this contact Ann Fox, Social Worker, Counselling Team