Those who become patients at our hospice have met certain admission criteria.
There is a palliative diagnosis and the person is living with advanced illness.
Generally, the person is a resident in the Fraser Health catchment area. However, individuals may be having treament in other health regions or be family members in other health regions with local family in Delta, so would be considered for admission to Irene Thomas Hospice.
There must be a physician who supports a referral to a hospice and has registered them with the Palliative Care Benefits Program. Registration with the Palliative Care Benefits Program should happen as soon as a palliative diagnosis is made (with an estimated prognosis of 6 months or less), as it offers coverage for the cost of many of the palliative medications and equipment for care at home.
The person’s goal of care is palliative and comfort-oriented, rather than focused on cure.
The person or legal guardian consents to admission to a hospice and the hospice palliative care philosophy.
The person lives in their own home, alone or with a family member or friend, assisted living or long term care facility.
As of January 2019, the daily fee set by the BC Ministry of Health for stay in a hospice is $38.23.
Most medications, supplies and equipment are paid for by the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program. Occasionally, fees are incurred during the stay from the use of certain medications, which are billed directly from the pharmacy provider to the family.
Services available to hospice patients and families include volunteer companioning and therapies such as Therapeutic Touch, Music Therapy, as well as bereavement follow-up. Services are provided free of charge and are funded by the Delta Hospice Society.
If you would like more information about eligibility and process for admission, speak to your family doctor, your specialist, your home care nurse or a social worker.
For more information about this, contactthe Centre for Supportive Care at 604-948-0660.