Palliative Care at Home

Victoria Hospice offers skilled and compassionate care for individuals and families facing an advancing illness.

Because we make our services available to patients throughout the community, many people registered with Victoria Hospice choose to be cared for at home, close to family, friends and familiar surroundings.

We work in partnership with Island Health's Home & Community Care Team to offer patients and families a variety of services and support.

Community Volunteers 

  • provide companionship and a supportive, non- judgmental ear
  • may perform small errands, help with gardening,  participate in an activity/game or accompany you on an outing
  • offer Reiki, Therapeutic Touch or Reflexology that can help decrease stress, enhance relaxation or lessen pain or anxiety
  • stay with you while your caregiver has a break, does errands or attends an appointment outside the home
  • record your stories, memories or messages for family on a CD through our Life Stories program

Community Counsellors

  • provide information about Victoria Hospice services
  • assist you and your family with care-planning decisions
  • help explain what you and your family might anticipate as an illness progresses
  • support you through the impact of changes in your condition and any loss of usual activities and abilities
  • facilitate communication within the family
  • assist with practical matters such as funeral planning, wills
  • or financial concerns
  • can refer you to our child and youth counsellor for information and support for younger family members

Palliative Care Physicians

  • act as a consultant to your family physician in order to improve your on-going medical care and comfort
  • can visit you at home to answer questions you may have about your current condition or medical care

Palliative Response Team (PRT)

  • includes a Victoria Hospice nurse and counsellor with access to a palliative care physician
  • available 24 hours a day to provide short-term crisis consultation and treatment for problems that might other- wise require costly and stressful admission to a hospital
  • PRT can support you and your family during the final few days if death at home is planned
  • works in collaboration with your Home and Community Care team and family physician

Bereavement Services

  • provides assessment and support as needed for up to one year after the death
  • offers grief information, telephone support, counselling
  • and a variety of bereavement support groups including drop- in and walking groups
  • are available to individuals and families, including children and teens

To Request Victoria Hospice Services, please contact any of the following:

  • Your Family Physician or Specialist
  • Your Home & Community Care Nurse 
  • Victoria Hospice

Did you know? Donations fund almost half of Victoria Hospice’s annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of programs for patients and families and for education and research. To make a donation to Victoria Hospice click on the Donate Now button at the top of this page, call our Fund Development Office at 250-519-1744 or email us at [email protected].

Quality palliative and end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement through patient and family centred care, education, research and advocacy.