Victoria Hospice - Celebrate a life
When you take the time to honour a memory… you Celebrate-A-Life.
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About Victoria Hospice Since 1980, Victoria Hospice has provided:
- expert physical care to minimize pain and other distressing symptoms
- 24-hour on-call crisis consultation and treatment at home (Palliative Response Team)
- In-Patient Unit beds for people needing more complex care
- counselling and emotional care for both dying patients and their families
- spiritual support for people of all faiths, cultures and beliefs
- bereavement follow-up for one year following the death of a loved one
- trained volunteer support and companionship (almost 500 trained volunteers)
- medical consultation to other facilities (nursing homes, hospitals)
- one-week respite care for symptom management and to give at-home caregivers a break
- palliative care courses and publications for professionals, caregivers and volunteers
About 40% of the 840 patients under our care last year were able to die at home in familiar surroundings thanks to our partnership with the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Home & Community Nursing care.
About 77% of Victoria Hospice patients are diagnosed with cancer; a 37% increase in cancer cases is predicted for the next decade. Other diagnoses include circulatory, neurological, AIDS, respiratory and other chronic and progressive diseases.
Average length of stay on the Victoria Hospice 17-bed palliative care In-Patient Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital last year was:
- 9 days (in the seven acute-care beds)
- 20 days (in the nine extended care beds)
- 7 days (in the one respite care bed)
On any given day, almost 350 people are registered with Victoria Hospice. Only 17 of these people are staying on our palliative care In-Patient Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
Average age at death of Victoria Hospice patients is 74.
Victoria Hospice helped over 2,500 people last year (including over 840 patients and their family members) by providing expert physical care as well as social, emotional, and spiritual support to those facing advanced illness, death and bereavement.
In addition, Victoria Hospice physicians made about 1,000 consultations and follow-up visits, to patients registered to Hospice; to patients in other care facilities; or to other patients in their own homes.
Victoria Hospice care does not end with death: our patients’ surviving family members can receive bereavement support for one year following the death. Grief support groups include the Young Widows Group, Gardening Group, Living With Grief Group, Daughters Group and Bereavement Walking Groups.
Out of an annual Victoria Hospice Society/Foundation budget of almost $7 million, close to $4 million of our annual operating costs are not covered by health care funding, and must be raised through fundraising efforts and community donations to our Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation.
In a recent Ipsos Reid survey, only 30% of Canadians could accurately define hospice palliative care as care for terminally ill or dying patients; 83% of Canadians feel that it is extremely important to discuss end-of-life care with their family members, but only 44% have done so. Fewer still (only 9%) have discussed this subject with a doctor.
No more than 37% of Canadians have access to quality Hospice Palliative Care when they need it. In 2004, Statistics Canada projected that the rate of deaths in Canada will increase by 33% by 2020 to over 330,000 deaths per year.