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How do I get admitted or have a family or friend admitted to Vancouver Hospice?
We have skilled palliative staff that will help you make this decision and assist in the process. Self-refer or ask to be referred by your doctor, nurse, social worker, home care nurse or by a family member or friend. Call us at 604-737-7305.
—Dame Cicely Saunders Founder of the modern hospice movement
Vancouver Hospice Society is pleased to announce that our 6-bed Hospice Home will be open for admissions on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. In 2010, Vancouver Hospice Society (VHS) embarked on a $4.5 million Capital Campaign to establish a free-standing, homelike hospice in our community to care for those approaching the end of their lives. With the recent fulfillment of that campaign following many generous donations and a one-time donation from the provincial government, we are now ready to welcome our first individuals in need of our specialized care.
“Our new home will reflect our unwavering commitment to ensure those facing end-of-life have the medical, emotional, and spiritual support they need,” says Sue Hurd, founding member of the Society.
Internationally renowned palliative care physician, Dr. David Kuhl spoke in support of this project: “Not only is this Home needed in the Vancouver area but more Hospice Homes are required if we are to meet the growing demand in the coming years for quality end-of-life care.”
Although the capital campaign is finished and our hospice home has been built and equipped, we will continue to need the support of our community to operate our home and fund the many bereavement and palliative programs VHS runs. We are a charitable society and our support programs are offered without charge. There will be a nominal fee for beds based upon the regional charge for private beds per day. The money to operate our Hospice beds is provided through the generous support we receive from individual, foundation and corporate donations together with the successful operation of our two Charity Shops, HOB and HOB Too and of course our two annual fundraising events, Hike for Hospice and Butterfly Gala.