Visiting Hospice Services

Hospice Quinte is committed to offering support for individuals facing a life-threatening illness to help them live with comfort, meaning, dignity, and hope.

Our visiting hospice program provides respite for caregivers and a volunteer to visit with hospice palliative care patients.

We serve patients who are in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness.

We visit in homes, hospital, and long term care facilities.

Hospice Quinte provides a volunteer visiting program to people who are in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness.  They will visit with a patient to provide respite to caregivers so they can attend to their own needs.

Our volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed.  They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient and their family, friends, and caregivers.

Hospice Quinte Volunteers are trained and understand the importance of dignity, independence, confidentiality, beliefs, choices, faith and culture.

These services are provided free of charge.

What is Hospice Palliative Care?

Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved.
Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A “family” is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends.

An important objective of palliative care is relief of pain and other symptoms. Palliative care meets not only physical needs, but also psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family. Palliative care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Palliative care services help people in later life who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.

Quality hospice palliative care neither hastens death or prolongs life. The goal of  hospice palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.

(from hpco.ca)