Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment since 1980. Our nurses, counsellors, spiritual caregivers, physicians, and volunteers provide comfort for the patient and support for the family, rather than a cure for progressive and life-limiting illness.
Care is Our Core Work
We provide care at our 17-bed Inpatient Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. In addition to care provided by our interdisciplinary team, we offer special touches like a 24-hour unrestricted family and friend visiting policy (including pets); family lounge area, open kitchen and private meditation rooms; and help with Advanced Care Planning and memorial arrangements.
We provide care in the community. Our Palliative Response Team (PRT), a unique 24/7 on-call intervention service, provides short-term crisis consultation and treatment. The team consists of a nurse and counsellor who see to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their families, with on-call access to a palliative care physician if required. In addition to the PRT, our palliative care physicians provide consults to patients in residential homes, care facilities, and hospitals.
We provide bereavement services following the death of a loved one. Thanks to generous support from our community, we are able to offer grief counselling support from volunteers and professionals for individuals, groups, and families. Our bereavement team also offers counselling to anyone in the community who is suffering loss, regardless of a prior connection to Victoria Hospice.
Nearly 300 loyal volunteers play an essential role in the success of our programs and services. Volunteers provide companionship and support to patients and their loved ones on our inpatient unit, in our community program and with our bereavement program. They are also active in non-clinical program areas such as our fundraising events, the Rooftop Garden, and office administration.
Lastly, we engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world. Thanks to generous grants and community donations, we are able to produce peer-reviewed research papers, develop and offer courses and textbooks, and deliver training both internally and externally.
For information about our core values, history, governance, and our funding structure, please see the right-hand links. You will also find copies of our Audited Financial Statements and Annual Reports through the years, as well as our Social Results Report from June 2017.