Our Hospice Village, the only such community concept in North America, has a team of dedicated professional staff and volunteers
that provide the very best patient care services to patients and their families.
We stand as a symbol of hope as we deliver compassion while providing quality of life. There is no cost to clients for our services.
The Village accommodates the Hospice Wellness Centre and is home to our offices, supportive services, resources and many programs:
Transition to Betterness Building housing our Pain & Symptom Management Clinic
Solcz Family Home for Children and Families;
and of course the Hospice Residential Home.
|Our continually evolving services include:
|• Lifestyle Changes
• Wellness Drop-in
• Living Through Grief
• Coping with Depression and Anxiety & Life Altering Illness
• Creating Memory Albums
|• 20's & 30's Support Club
• Family & Friends (Care Givers)
• Inner Wellness
• Men's Club
• Multiple Myeloma
• Prostate Cancer
|Healing & Wellness
|• Taoist Tai Chi
• Radiant Touch®, Authentic Reiki®
• Therapeutic Touch®
• Creative Art
• Integrative and Naturopathic Medicine
|• Tea Time
• The Knitting Corner
• Spiritual Care Program
• Qi Gong / Hatha Yoga
|Just for Kids Programs
|• Family Works
• Music Therapy
• Hospice Scout Camp
• Guitar for Teens
|• Crock-A-Doodle: Creating Family Treasures
• Fun Time for Kids: Monthly Events
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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.
|The Story of the Canadian Virtual Hospice
In 2001, a group of palliative care leaders gathered to consider whether a web-based platform could address some of the gaps in palliative care in Canada. They recognized that Canadians need a reputable source for finding information and support, whenever they need it, wherever they live.
They envisioned the creation of a “virtual hospice.” A place where:
- People without ready access to palliative care specialists could ask questions of a clinical team specialized in palliative care.
- Families could read articles about managing symptoms, accessing financial benefits, and other topics to help them navigate the health care system and communicate with their local health care providers.
- Health care professionals could easily access tools to better care for and communicate with patients and families.
- Researchers could share their latest findings, allowing front-line health care providers to stay on top of important developments.
Each year, visits to the Virtual Hospice continue to climb – from 3,000 per month in 2004 to 25,000 per month in 2008. By the end of 2008, more than 900 questions had been answered by our Ask a Professional Team, which now includes specially trained palliative care physicians, nurses, a social worker and a spiritual care adviser.
More than half the questions to Ask a Professional come from health care providers seeking guidance on complex or difficult cases. The rest of the questions come from patients, families and friends. Every person who submits a question receives a detailed personal response, often with links to local community resources.
Hospice Offers Leadership & Innovation in Supportive Care
|The Hospice is Canada's largest community-based palliative care facility.
Our innovative programs and services support and educate patients, their families and caregivers from the point of pre-diagnosis through the palliative stage.
We offer our many unique programs and services at no cost and do not require a physician's referral.
How we can help
If you, a family member or a friend is facing a life-altering diagnosis, Hospice is here to help.
Please call us today at (519) 974-7100
Hospice's Care team is here to help whenever a person is diagnosed with a life-altering diagnosis.
Our team consists of a palliative care physician, nurse educators, social workers, pastoral care workers and trained volunteers.
We offer the following services at no cost:
- Personalized support and care in your own homes, hospital or long-term care room
- Pain and Symptom Clinic (requires physician referral)
- Individual and Group Counseling to help individuals, family members and friends cope with the illness
- Ways to reduce stress and increase comfort through massage, tai chi, therapeutic touch, art and more
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Residential home stays for eligible patients
- Special programs for to help children with loved ones facing life-altering diagnosis
- Help accessing services available in the community
We're here for kids and families
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball; someone in your family, or friend, is diagnosed with a life-altering or chronic illness.
When that happens, it affects everyone - children, family and friends, and it is especially important to have support.
We provide specially designed programs and services for children, youth or families who have
a loved one living with a life-altering diagnosis. We are just a phone call away.
Please contact us at 519-974-7100 to learn more about our at no cost services, including:
- Music, Art, Play and Talk Therapy
- Creating Family Treasures with Crock-A-Doodle
- Summer Camp
- Counseling and Support Groups
- Library Resources
- Therapeutic Touch™ and Radiant Touch®
- Pain and Symptom Management
- 24 hour Residential Care
- In-Home Visits
“I have no hesitation in urging folks that find themselves faced with a life altering illness to call Hospice.
It will be the greatest thing you can do for your loved one and yourself.”
- Cheryl W., ~ Hospice Patient Family Member
"We cannot begin to thank you enough for the compassion, comfort, dignity and professionalism which you showed in helping mom and our family in this time of need. We thank Hospice from the bottom of our hearts for the loving care you gave our mom and for the work you do with so many others."
- Shelly, Scott & Melissa D. ~ The Family of a Hospice Patient
My mom has just been diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer. I can't explain the range of emotions our family is going through right now, but I wanted to say thank you. While looking for information about cancer and what to expect in the coming months I found your web site. I wept with relief to know that you exist. That we don't have to face all this alone. So thank you for being there.
- Susan ~ the very worried daughter of an amazing mother