Why is hospice needed?
At some time, in some way, we must all face the end of life, and most of us share a common hope – that when death comes to us or a loved one, it will be peaceful. We hope to be surrounded by those we love, feeling safe, comfortable and cared for.
There is considerable fear, avoidance and denial around the end of life. Hospice is here to support and educate the community about the value of acknowledging, savouring and sharing the time and the relationships each of us has left.
Oceanside Hospice Society (OHS) is a non-profit charity that was incorporated in 1990.
- Community funded and volunteer-driven
- Over 60 volunteers and five staff serving individuals and families facing end-of-life.
- We focus on patient comfort and quality of life during the patients' final months and days.
- Our services are offered free of charge to those in the Oceanside communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanoose, Deep Bay, Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Errington, Coombs, Hilliers and Whiskey Creek.
- We also support patients at Oceanside Hospice at Trillium, the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH, in homes, and in the community.
- Our volunteers are trained in companionship, grief support, palliative vigils, Reiki and Healing Touch.
Parksville-Qualicum MLA, Adam Walker, recognizes Oceanside Hospice Society and reiterates the importance of the hospice services we provide.
Oceanside Hospice Society delivers the following services to the Oceanside community:
- Equipment Loan Program
- One to One Client Support Services
- One to One Grief Support
- Grief Support Groups
- Grief Support Walking Group
- Caregiver Respite and Companionship
- Palliative Vigil Team
- Holistic Self-Care
- Lending Library
- Community Education and Training.
Oceanside Hospice at Trillium has been in operation since 2015 and is operated in partnership with Vancouver Island Health Authority.
The Hospice features six beautiful private rooms, a comfortable family room, and a large private garden space.
Hospice palliative care, also called end-of-life care, includes a range of services for dying people of all ages, including children, and their families. Quality End-of-Life care supports palliative clients, their families and caregivers before, during and after death, and addresses aspects of the illness and death experience that are physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and practical.
Our focus is on comfort rather than on curing an illness – to give people the best possible quality of life we can. For more information about how to access Island Health Hospice Palliative Care Services, please click below.