Victoria Hospice Society was founded in 1980. Throughout its history, Hospice has worked closely with family doctors, home care nurses and other care providers to create a well-coordinated program of care. Hospice palliative care provides physical, emotional, social, spiritual and practical support to people with end-of-life stages of illness, and to their loved ones. It brings physicians, nurses, other health professionals, spiritual care workers, counsellors, volunteers, friends and family members together as a care team so patients can live their remaining time in comfort and dignity, surrounded by people who love them. Hospice palliative care is a flexible program of resources that are made available when and if they are needed and desired by patient and family.
One of the most often asked questions is whether the person can stay at home. Victoria Hospice and its members on the Palliative Response Team have created many supportive services that can allow a person to remain at home with ease. The Palliative Response Team is a key element - highly trained nurses and counsellors are available 24 hours a day to visit the home and help assess and treat any physical or emotional issues. With cell phone connections to the on-call Hospice physicians, any new medical orders that are needed can be obtained without delay. At any given time, over 85% of registered Hospice patients are at home.