Sooke Hospice Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Sooke Hospice Society is a team of trained volunteers and professionals dedicated to the physical, emotional and spiritual care of individuals who are palliative, as well as their families and loved ones, within the community of Sooke and the surrounding areas.
The Sooke Hospice is dedicated to:
- Increasing collaboration within the community of Sooke and with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
- Ensuring the high quality of care of palliative individuals, as well as their families and loved ones.
- Maintaining the high level of volunteer and professional service through ongoing educational opportunities and self governance.
- Striving to increase resources to allow individuals in care to remain in the community.
Our Story What We Do
In 1986, Dr Ellen Wrathell, along with a home care nurses and a volunteer trained by the Victoria Hospice, set up a community-based palliative care program. With another volunteer who was a local businessman, they developed a program to provide exemplary care in this rural community.
Clients are nursed and cared for at home throughout their terminal illness. Volunteers are trained to be a part of the unique plan created for each client's care and to support them in their choice to die at home in a familiar and comfortable setting.
Recently, several changes have taken place in the organization of the program. In December of 2005, after being under the auspices of the Victoria Hospice since the start of the program, it was necessary to become a society of our own due to changes in our funding. A year after that, Dr. Ellen Wrathell retired, having been the medical director since the inception of the program. The current medical director is Dr. Jeff Pocock.
The society consists of three separate organizational bodies, each with a specific function. They are:
- A governance board that ensures the society is responsible to its mandates, formed after the hospice became its own society. It consists of 7 directors, the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and 3 directors at large.
- A focus team manages the day-to-day business operations of the Society. It consists of 7 members elected for 2 years plus the volunteer coordinator.
- A care team that looks after all of the medical needs of the clients. This includes the medical director, doctors, nurses, case manager, volunteer coordinator, and could include a pharmacist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and counselor.
Our Programs How We Do It
Volunteers will be a support to the client and family. They can help with the day to day running of the household such as, shopping, laundry, walking the dog, driving to doctors, making phone calls, etc.
Equipment such as electric beds, high end medical mattresses delivered to the homes.
Care meetings take place twice a month and are attended by the Medical Director, Doctors of Sooke, Case Manager, Nurse, Volunteer Coordinator and Coordinator assistant.
The widows group meet each month or when needed, to socialize, have fun and share stories.
For the families and friends to use.