Our Impact Why We Exist
Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has, since 1980, provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Our nurses, counsellors, spiritual caregivers, physicians and trained volunteers provide comfort for the patient and support for the family, rather than a cure for progressive and life-limiting illness. Over 400 patients are registered with our program on any given day.
Care is offered in patients’ homes, within our 17-bed in-patient unit, and as specific medical consultation to patients in other health care facilities. Over 300 trained volunteers provide companionship and support. Victoria Hospice offers bereavement support to families for up to one year following a death.
Victoria Hospice is an international expert in palliative pain and symptom management, education and research on palliative care. Our Palliative Performance Scale, a tool for predicting survival developed by our research team sixteen years ago, is used in most palliative care facilities in B.C. and Canada and is gaining acceptance around the world. The PPS was developed in English and has been translated into six additional languages: Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Thai and Portuguese.
Our Story What We Do
From its beginnings in a 1978 grassroots movement to provide support for people in our community who were dying, to a pilot project funded by the BC Ministry of Health two years later, followed by Ministry designation as an essential part of the healthcare system, Victoria Hospice has grown with our community’s support for the value of our work and their trust in the quality of our care. On any given day, Victoria Hospice now has over 400 patients registered on its program of care, with over 800 deaths annually and an annual operating budget of over $7 million.
Roughly 50% of Victoria Hospice's annual operating costs are not covered by our health care system, and must be funded through community donations.
Our Programs How We Do It
Hospice and Palliative Care
Hospice care is a philosophy of care, not just a place. On any given day, over 400 people are registered with Victoria Hospice. Most of them receive care in their own homes, through our partnership with Island Health's Home & Community Care nurses. Our Victoria Hospice on-call Palliative Response Team (PRT) provides short-term crisis consultation and treatment at home, day or night, for problems that might otherwise require stressful and expensive admission to hospital. Together with Community Counsellors, Spiritual Care and Volunteers, PRT is also available to help support death at home.
Victoria Hospice palliative care can also be provided, when necessary, in the beautifully refurbished homelike setting of our 17-bed palliative care In-Patient Unit at Royal Jubilee Hospital. Our palliative care staff also frequently provide specific medical consultations to patients and staff in other health care facilities throughout the community.
Medical & Nursing
Our physicians, led by our Medical Director, provide treatment and attention for patients and their families across multiple care settings. The Nursing Department includes Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) who, assisted by unit clerks, aides and volunteers, care for up to 17 patients and families at the Victoria Hospice in-patient unit.
With counsellors, therapists, and spiritual care specialists, our Psychosocial Services department supports both patients and families, offering professional counselling for patients and their families on issues related to grief, death and dying, help with practical concerns like funeral planning, wills and finances, spiritual care for all faiths, cultures and beliefs. Following a death, we offer assessment and grief counselling as needed for one year following the death, and a variety of support groups and services for adults and children.
Education & Research
Education Services offers palliative care courses and training to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counsellors, social workers, volunteers and other health care providers. Research Services has developed and is currently testing a bereavement risk assessment tool to identify those at risk, a bowel function monitoring tool and several prognosis studies.
What You Can Do
Your donation to Victoria Hospice will help support, on average, 13 new people every single day.
You will help reduce pain and suffering for dying patients by funding special equipment and care programs, and you will bring comfort and counselling to families struggling with grief following the death of a loved one.
All gifts are welcome, and Victoria Hospice can work with donors to target gifts to specific projects and or areas of need that resonate with you and your family.