Because we make our services available to patients throughout the community, most people choose to be cared for in their homes, close to family, friends and familiar surroundings. This is possible through our partnership with Island Health's Home and Community Care Nursing and Home Support services.
A special part of our home care is the Palliative Response Team (PRT), a unique 24-hour, on-call service that provides short-term crisis consultation and treatment for problems that might otherwise require stressful admission to a hospital. The PRT is also available to help support death at home.
Victoria Hospice patients or family members may also request a home visit with:
- a Victoria Hospice community counsellor to talk about their experiences facing illness, death and loss, or for practical help when planning a funeral or memorial service
- a trained Victoria Hospice community volunteer for companionship or support
- the Victoria Hospice Spiritual Health Coordinator to discuss spiritual questions for all faiths, cultures and beliefs
- A trained volunteer Life Stories Interviewer to prepare a CD of your memories and special thoughts
Victoria Hospice patients and family members may also be eligible for home visits provided by Island Health. Services can include visits from nurses, physiotherapists, registered dietitians, social workers and other health care providers. In addition, help with day-to-day tasks like bathing, dressing and caregiver support can also be provided on a short or long-term basis and may change as clients' needs change.