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
- For VCH staff, please visit the internal webpage for more information on hospice admissions and referrals. (network access required)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost for palliative and end-of-life care services?
Depending on the type of services you require, there may be a cost for end-of-life care or palliative care services.
There is no cost for community nursing or rehabilitation services if you receive care at home. Some medications and palliative supplies, and equipment are available free of charge for eligible patients through B.C. Palliative Care Benefits. In addition, there is no cost for home support services if you are enrolled with B.C. Palliative Care Benefits.
If you require publicly subsidized hospice care, you will pay a fixed daily rate per day. The daily rate for short-stay services is adjusted each year. It is calculated by multiplying the minimum monthly rate for long-term care services by 12 months and dividing it by 365 days.