Palliative Support

The following services are available to Oceanside residents facing their own death, or for those facing the death of a loved one.  All services are provided free-of-charge.  Please contact us at 250-752-6227 for more information.

Equipment Loan Program

We offer a variety of medical equipment to allow palliative clients to remain comfortably in their own home.

  • Electric beds
  • Walkers
  • Commodes
  • Raised toilet seats
  • Overbed tables
  • Wheelchairs
  • Bath chairs
  • Air flow mattress

Individual and Family Counselling

Counselling offers a confidential and supportive way for people to sort through their thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they move through their illness or deal with a death.  Counselling is offered on a one-to-one basis and with families.  Group counselling may be available if numbers support it.

Volunteer Visiting

Following an initial assessment, an in-home, or facility client support volunteer may be offered.  The volunteers are carefully screened and trained to be able to support our clients and families in a comforting and confidential manner.

Volunteers can:

  • Offer respite for family caregivers
  • ‘Listen’ without judgement, helping to reduce fear and anxiety
  • Provide an opportunity to talk about ‘what matters,’ life’s journey, and to reminisce
  • Offer companionship
  • Offer practical assistance such as running errands, reading, shopping, hand and foot massage
  • Sit vigil at the bedside of a loved one at the end of life
  • Visit in home, long-term care facility, or Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Reiki and Healing Touch

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Our volunteers with specialized training in Healing Touch/Reiki and gentle massage offer palliative clients, caregivers, or those going through cancer therapy a 45 minute treatment on Fridays at the Hospice Centre for Palliative and Grief Support in Qualicum Beach by appointment.  This may also be provided in care facilities or in the clients’ home.

 

Hospice Lending Library

An extensive and up-to-date selection of books and DVDs dealing with end-of-life issues, caregiving, grief, and loss are available on loan from the Hospice Support Centre.  For more information, please click here.

Sharing My Story – Recording your personal life history

Trained Hospice volunteers interview palliative clients being served by Oceanside Hospice Society in their homes, in hospital, or care facilities.  This program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to share their personal stories with their families and loved ones. The story is recorded and transferred to a CD that can be listened to.

Palliative Vigils

Volunteers are available to sit at the bedside of individuals in long-term care facilities during their last days/hours as requested by the family.

 

For more information on these services, please contact us at 250-752-6227.