The Rotary Hospice House is designed to provide guests, families and friends with an atmosphere that feels like home. The house has ten guest rooms all equipped with a private two-piece bathroom, electric bed with ceiling mounted lift, sleeper surface couch, reclining mobile chair, smart flat screen TV, isolated heating and cooling, and large window. The House’s kitchen employs an open dining concept with a fireplace and television. The House also includes a children’s playroom, meeting room, quiet room, den, and a bedroom for overnight visitors. The Hospice House layout is aimed to allow families to remain in the company of their loved ones at all hours, whether during care or at night.
The purpose of the two hour evening tour to Hospice House is to allow youth to begin to understand what hospice is all about.
The time is spent with a quiet, respectful visit to the home, to view the facility and meet the staff. Understanding that marching almost fifty people through the halls can be a bit disruptive, the time is spent briefing youth about the facility and the services provided. The group finishes up at the kitchen, where they get to ask questions of staff and enjoy the freshly baked cookies.
Out of respect to everyone, photos were not taken on the premises. The following vignettes will describe in detail the goings on at Hospice House.
Rotary Hospice House is a ten-bed facility designed to provide care to anyone who is suffering with an advanced chronic illness, or a life threatening illness.
To provide guests, families and friends with a home-like atmosphere – friendly, welcoming, emotionally supportive, and nurturing. Our first priority is to relieve suffering; whether it is physical or emotional.
At the Prince George Hospice Society, the belief is that everyone deserves the best quality of care until the end of life. They offer palliative care, where the goal is to ease pain and provide symptom management to ensure that guest are living as actively as they can with their life-limiting illness.
Concurrently they provide Hospice care for those living with a fatal disease. Hospice care aims to ease the pain while preparing the family for the end of life. it is about getting the most out of the time left without the side effects of prolonged treatment. They pride themselves on providing individualized, family - centred, compassionate care to all those who pass through Hospice.
When symptoms becomes severe, individuals may need diligent care from specially trained nurses. We offer short-term admissions to help alleviate symptoms and provide comfort so you may return home.
We understand that caring for someone with a life-limiting illness can be demanding, stressful, and exhausting. The Prince George Hospice Society offers respite care to relieve caregivers and allow them to maintain stability in their own lives. We are compassionate to the importance of caregivers taking time to care for themselves. We offer respite care in a couple of different ways. One is for your loved one to come to hospice and stay with us for a few weeks while we manage pain. Further, the caretaker’s role is to be present with their loved one while we take care of the rest. The other option is through our Community Match/Nav-CARE program. With this program the family is matched up with a trained volunteer; a scheduled time is chosen, and a volunteer will meet either with the patient to provide companionship and allow for the caregiver to get out of the house to run errands or to simply relax or will meet with the caregiver to provide peer support.
Experiencing the death of a loved one is one of the most challenging life experiences. We have trained grief support workers on site along with volunteers available for emotional support. Support includes non-judgemental listening, assistance in understanding the grief journey, and providing grief information and resources. We are here to listen to you.