Where is the Victoria Hospice palliative care In-Patient Unit?

Our In-Patient Unit is located on the third floor of the Richmond Pavilion (RP3) at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is a 17-bed unit consisting of seven acute care or assessment beds, nine long term care beds, and one respite bed. The goal for admission to acute care beds is to provide active symptom management so that patients can go back home. For patients admitted to long term care beds, our unit in effect becomes their home. As with all other long term care beds in our region, there is a charge for these beds - the rate is determined by the patient’s Long Term Care Case Manager. Our long term care respite bed is used for patients who need to come into our unit for symptom management, or to give caregivers at home a break, usually for a one-week stay.

Our In-Patient Unit is decorated to look as home-like as possible. There are 11 private rooms and three semi-private rooms. We also have a lounge, kitchen area, meditation room, solarium, rooftop garden and a ventilated smoking room (restricted to patients only). Each room contains a small refrigerator, a television and stereo equipment. Patients are encouraged to bring in items from home such as family portraits, favourite foods or a special quilt to make their rooms feel more comfortable. Visiting hours are unrestricted; children and pets are invited to visit as well (with family supervision).

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.