Construction of the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea to Sky Community Hospice is nearing an end. While a few details remain, construction of the hospice is largely complete. Furniture and equipment will soon be delivered, staffing and operational plans are being finalized and it is expected that clients will be able to move into the hospice later this summer.
The four-bed hospice is located next to Hilltop House long-term care centre and features a serene, home-like environment. Each private bedroom has an ensuite bathrooms and home-like furniture, along with telephone, entertainment system with cable and wireless internet, ceiling lifts and electric beds.
Family and friends are welcome to visit at any time and each room has a foldout couch so guests can stay overnight. There is also a shared living/dining/kitchen area and sacred space, as well as a family laundry room and shower/tub room. A bright and sunny meeting space overlooks the garden and will offer programming such as yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
“It’s really exciting to see construction come to an end and know that Sea to Sky residents will soon be able to access compassionate, patient-focused end-of-life care in their own community,” said Keith McBain, VCH Coastal Director, Long-Term Care & Seniors. “The community and countless donors have worked so hard to make this hospice a reality, and they can be very proud of this accomplishment.”
The Sea to Sky Community Hospice is a partnership between the Squamish Hospice Society and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Funding for the new hospice has been provided by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District, the BC Palliative Care Association, the provincial government, and the Squamish Hospice Society and many community donors. VCH is providing an annual operating budget of $566,000.