The Hospice Society is dedicated to filling the gap in senior care and bereavement support in Revelstoke. Helping people find meaning, dignity and peace is at the core of what they do, and it starts well before end of life. We are proud to have supported Society this past year.
The “Hospice on Wheels” is a cabinet containing a tea pot, mugs, tea etc. with end of life literature and other small comforts aimed at providing comfort for the dying and their loved ones. After the positive response at Mount Cartier Court, the Society replicated its success with another “Hospice on Wheels” at Moberly Manor.
The PALS program was first introduced in 2010 to engage the Hospice Society’s palliative volunteers until their services were needed when an individual was dying. PALS is a visitation program provided by volunteers for seniors and isolated or vulnerable members of our society with a friendly social visit in hopes of creating a meaningful connection until they reach end of life, where the Palliative program picks up. Training and recruitment of new volunteers is ongoing and ensures that volunteers have the knowledge and skills to deal with whatever they are faced with.
Another success has been the Bereavement peer-lead support group sessions and many activities sponsored by the Society. Events such as Death Cafes, Snowflake Ceremony, Hike for Hospice, The Human Journey game/tool training, ‘Way to Go’ end of life planning workshops, have all made an impact on our community. An unexpected result of activities during Covid have been response projects such as window decorating at Mount Cartier Court and a phone chain. These activities appealed to new caring and compassionate individuals, and as a result, the Society has recruited new volunteers for the Pals program.
The donors and volunteers of the Hospice Society are honoured to be part of informal support for seniors and those at end of life. The Society provides an essential service to our community and with an aging population the need is growing.