What is Hospice?

Hospice is a concept of care and is a holistic approach which addresses the mind, body and spiritual needs of individuals and their family. It is designed to provide sensitivity and support for those experiencing a life-threatening illness. Goals of care are to reduce suffering and to enhance the comfort and quality of life of individuals and their families. Hospice care is often referred to as palliative care or hospice palliative care. These terms all mean the same approach to care.

What is a Hospice Residence?

A hospice residence refers to a place where an individual is cared for at the end of life. Beds may be part of a larger facility or may be a free-standing facility that offers a home-like setting which embraces the philosophy of hospice care. It may provide respite for a family caregiver and is an alternative setting for those who are unable to remain at home to die.

What is the Delta Hospice Society?

The Delta Hospice Society is a unique source of care and support for people diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and their families and for people experiencing loss by death.

Is there a cost for services offered by Delta Hospice?

In Delta, thanks to the generous support of our community, care is available to all who need it and there is no cost for any of the professional or volunteer services.

Being a patient at the Hospice Residence does include a ‘Per Diem’ fee which is set by the Ministry of Health

What additional services are provided through the Fraser Health Hospice Palliative Care Program in Delta?

The range of services offered within the last 6 months of life includes:

  • Intermittent nursing visits for medical needs and medical care coordination
  • Help with personal care such as bathing and dressing
  • Specialist consultation for pain and symptom management
  • Hospitalization for acute symptom management
  • Access to the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program that provides coverage for certain medications, supplies and equipment in the home.

When is the right time for Supportive or Hospice Care?

It is helpful to learn about resources at the time of diagnosis or when a prognosis is confirmed. This helps individuals and families to plan for future needs. It allows for time to think and talk about options and choices, to consult with loved ones and make plans, which will support you through the course of your illness. Hospice palliative care services such as pain management, symptom control, respite and caregiver support help to improve your quality of life and should be accessed early.

Does hospice care take away a person’s hope?

To the contrary, hospice care affirms life and regards dying as a natural process. Hospice validates the hope of living each day to its fullest with emphasis on human dignity and preservation of the quality and sanctity of life.

Does Delta Hospice have an in-patient facility?

Yes, the Irene Thomas Hospice is a 10-suite hospice residence located in Ladner, British Columbia. The facility provides a comfortable homelike environment with experienced nurses, counsellors, support staff and volunteers for people and their families in the last days or weeks of life. Information about admission to the Irene Thomas Hospice can be made by calling our Social Worker at 604-948-0660.

Where does Hospice get its operating funds?

The basic operational funding for the Irene Thomas Hospice is through a service contract with Fraser Health. Third-party fundraising, Hospice Cottage Charity Shoppe and donations are the main source of revenue for capital and enhanced operational requirements of the Hospice and the community ‘At Home’ program.

Does a patient have a say in what kind of treatment and care they would prefer?

Yes. You, your health care provider and your loved ones need to talk about the various choices related to treatment and care to which you have access and the implications of such interventions. Hospice palliative care is about options – choosing the kind of skilled, competent care that meets an individual’s particular needs and takes into account his or her social and family situation. It is about choice, teamwork, care of the whole person, comfort, compassion, communication and quality of life.

Where do people live while they are receiving hospice services?

People receive care wherever they live: at home or in the homes of relatives or friends, in care facilities, in group living facilities, in hospitals or in the Irene Thomas Hospice. Support is also offered to businesses and schools when there is a need.

What is bereavement support?

Bereavement support is care for people who are grieving the death of a significant person in their life. There is help available for understanding the grief reaction, coping strategies and peer support.

Delta Hospice has a strong bereavement program with full-time bereavement counsellors who facilitate a variety of bereavement support services. Our practice is to maintain contact with families for a period of 13 months following the death of a loved one. Regular phone contact as well as support groups are available for any who choose to participate. More intensive one-on-one counselling is available when there is a need.

Bereavement support is available for anyone in the community whether there is an anticipated or a sudden, traumatic death.