Q: What is hospice palliative care? A: Hospice palliative care is whole-person care for people living with advancing illness; it includes specialized medical care as well as addressing social, psychological and spiritual needs. The focus is on quality of life, rather than on a cure. It is care based on the dying person’s own goals and priorities. It is collaborative care that involves and supports family and caregivers through bereavement. Hospice palliative care offers the...read more
Q: Why do we need a hospice when we are getting a new hospital? A: Cowichan Hospice House is a companion project to the new hospital. It will immediately provide a more appropriate and cost effective option for those who cannot be cared for at home at the end of their lives, but who don’t need acute care in the hospital. Q: Are there residential hospice facilities in other communities on the Island? A: The Cowichan Region is the only community of our size on the Island...read more
Q: Don’t we already have a hospice house in Cowichan? A: Not yet! And we need your help to build one. Q: Why do we need a hospice house? A: Many people in Cowichan are cared for at home at the end of their lives, but sometimes there is no-one available around the clock, sometimes care becomes too complex to be managed by family members and sometimes these caregivers become too exhausted to continue. In these situations most people end up being cared for...read more
from the Cowichan Valley Citizen, published September 17 2018 Eager to bring quality and specialized end-of-life care to the region, local health care auxiliaries have pledged more than $600,000 to the Cowichan Hospice House project. Cowichan Hospice staff were touched that Joan Hayden-Luck and the late Pat King of the Cowichan Lodge Auxiliary made a donation of $21,862 in support of the Hospice House project back in 2016. These women felt that the hospice project was...read more
David Poiron of Checkwitch Poiron based in Nanaimo is working with a team of engineers, designers and others to develop a schematic design for the new hospice house. This stage will be complete with 80% accurate estimated pricing by Mid-July. Subsequent design stages will end with construction drawings and final price estimate available by the end of 2018. The tender for construction is anticipated to be posted on BC in early 2019. Community support for the project is...read more
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