THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO OCEANSIDE RESIDENTS WHO ARE LIVING WITH A LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS OR END OF LIFE. ALL SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE PROVIDED FREE-OF-CHARGE. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT 250-752-6227 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
We offer a variety of medical equipment to allow palliative clients to remain comfortably in their own homes:
Electric beds – Walkers – Commodes – Raised toilet seats – Overbed tables – Wheelchairs – Bath chairs – Airflow mattress
Professional, confidential and supportive counselling services include face-to-face sessions, telephone support and groups, and are available to individuals, families, youth, children and groups.
Volunteers can assist and offer companionship, offer respite for family caregivers, provide an opportunity to talk and listen without judgement, and offer practical assistance such as reading, shopping etc. Visits can be arranged to your home, long-term facility, Hospice at Trillium and the Palliative Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Skilled volunteers certified in Healing Touch and Reiki offer treatments to palliative clients and caregivers.
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 Resource Centre.
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.
An on-going weekly group for people who have lost a spouse. This group allows participants to share their experiences, feelings, and challenges around the loss and what they now face. It is facilitated by a trained volunteer and guided by the group’s needs.
The weekly walking group is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. It is a time to walk and talk at a relaxed pace with others who are grieving, and share ideas and support while benefiting from some fresh air and exercise. Joining in on the walk are trained caring volunteers who provide a listening ear. Each walk ends with tea and treats. Once registered, clients can attend on a drop-in basis.
Trained Reiki and Healing Touch practitioners provide a safe and peaceful place for people who are living with a life-threatening illness or who are dying, caregiving or grieving, to be cared for and nurtured. Reiki and Healing Touch are also available in a client’s home.
Services are complimentary.
If you would like to request a short presentation at your workplace by a trained Oceanside Hospice Society volunteer on the importance of Advance Care Planning, please click here.
Advance Care Planning is the process a capable adult follows to ensure that their beliefs, values, and wishes for future healthcare are known in the event that they are incapable of making the necessary decisions when they are required.
You need to know that it may not be enough just to tell your family what your wishes are for your medical care. You can choose the kind of treatment you get and refuse any treatment that you do not want. If you have not already made a decision about your healthcare at the end of your life, now is the time to do so.
The Ministry of Health encourages all capable adults in BC to do advance care planning and take the further step of documenting their wishes and instructions. A guide, “My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment,” is available to assist in this planning.
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