Comfort, care and compassion when it’s needed most
Hospice/Palliative care is active and compassionate care of the terminally ill, with the aim of enhancing the quality of their remaining lifetime. When the goals of cure and prolongation of life are no longer paramount, care is directed towards the control of distressing symptoms and addresses the physical, psychological, interpersonal, and spiritual needs of the dying persons and their families. Care encompasses the terminal phase, death, and bereavement period. The aim of Hospice/Palliative care is to enable a person “to live each day until he dies” in comfort and dignity in the location of his choice.
The Terrace Hospice Society provides a volunteer-based program that offers compassionate care and support for the dying, their caregivers, and the bereaved in the community and has done so since 1992. Please give us a call today at (250) 635-4811.
The Dying Person’s Bill of Rights
- I have the right to be treated as a living human being until I die.
- I have the right to maintain a sense of hopefulness however changing its focus may be.
- I have the right to express my feelings and emotions about my approaching death in my own way.
- I have the right to participate in decisions concerning my care.
- I have the right to expect continuing medical and nursing attention even though ‘cure’ goals must be changed to ‘comfort’ goals.
- I have the right not to die alone.
- I have the right to be free from pain.
- I have the right to have my questions answered honestly.
- I have the right not to be deceived.
- I have the right to have help from and for my family in accepting my death.
- I have the right to retain my individuality and not be judged for my decisions which may be contrary to beliefs of others.
- I have the right to be cared for by caring, sensitive, knowledgeable people who will attempt to understand my needs and will be able to gain some satisfaction in helping me face my death.