How is Victoria Hospice care different from other types of health care?

  • Comfort vs. cure: For most health care professionals, the goal is to help the patient get well.  At Victoria Hospice, the staff, volunteers and family recognize that the patient is not likely to recover from their illness. We focus on comfort and support, rather than cure.
  • Interdisciplinary team approach: Members of the Victoria Hospice care team – physicians, nurses, counsellors, spiritual caregivers, support staff, volunteers – ALL work together to coordinate care along with our community care partners.
  • Family focus: Victoria Hospice care focuses on the entire family. Hospice staff and volunteers help family members become involved in the patient’s care as well as access care for themselves.
  • Grief Support: Victoria Hospice care does not end when a patient dies. Our bereavement counsellors, support staff and volunteers maintain contact with family members for up to one year after the death of their loved one.

 

Quality end-of-life care for all: Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those facing advancing illness, death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate care, education, research and advocacy.