Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Hospices

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The mission of hospices within VCH is to create a unique environment for quality living and dying as individuals approach the end of their lives. Everyone involved in the journey – the individuals, their families and staff- is provided with the level of support and assistance they need.

VCH hospices focus on quality of life and ensuring the comfort of residents and their families. While each hospice strives to create a homelike environment, they are staffed with a team of skilled care providers available to support the needs of the residents and their families. However, like a home, there are certain things hospices cannot do, such as major diagnostic tests and complicated treatments.

The care services and support available in VCH’s hospices will be provided in ways that recognize and respect death as a natural part of the life cycle. Because people are coming to hospice at the end of their life, the care provided extends beyond medical services typically available within the health care system and involves a more holistic approach that supports people as they transition to end-of-life, including cultural, spiritual, and psychosocial needs.

How to access

For Members of the Public

If you or someone you know is interested in accessing care in Hospice (including respite care), please get in touch with the specialized palliative care team in your area for more conversation.

For Health Care Providers

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  • Hospices

    Cottage Hospice

    650 North Penticton Street Vancouver
  • Hospices

    May's Place Hospice

    333 Powell Street Vancouver
  • Hospices

    North Shore Hospice

    319 East 14th Street North Vancouver
  • qathet General Hospital

    5000 Joyce Avenue Powell River
  • Hospices

    Salvation Army Rotary Hospice House

    6460 No. 4 Road Richmond
  • Long term care homes

    Shorncliffe Intermediate Care Home

    5847 Medusa Street Sechelt
  • Hospices

    St. John Hospice

    6389 Stadium Road Vancouver
  • Other

    Sunshine Coast Home Support

    5630 Inlet Avenue Sechelt
  • Hospices

    Vancouver Hospice Society

    4615 Granville Street Vancouver
  • Hospices

    Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea to Sky Community Hospice

    38146 Behrner Drive Squamish