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End of Life Care

Palliative care is about supporting those facing death and creating as safe space to talk about living. Our team strives to ensure the best quality of life possible during a difficult time.

When the time is right for palliative support, Abbotsford Hospice Society offers a variety of services to address psycho-social, spiritual, and practical issues, at no cost to clients and their families. We offer end-of-life care services through trained client-support volunteers. They are a comforting presence for those at end of life and their families, and understand the importance of kindness and calm as they bear witness to this very personal journey. 

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Holmberg House was designed to feel like a home. The 2nd floor includes 10 private patient suites, a family kitchen & lounge, children’s toys and games, a quiet/meditation room, and a sanctuary. There is also a beautiful garden and children's playground on our campus. Each one of our patient rooms feature a television, small fridge, radio/CD player, a desk and a wardrobe. Most rooms also feature a hide-a-bed where visiting family members can stay overnight if they wish. A sleeping cot can also be provided.

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Admission

Individuals must be registered with the Fraser Health (FH) Palliative Care Program through a referral from a physician or health care professional. The Palliative Care Team will conduct an assessment and determine eligibility for palliative care services including admission into Hospice.

Inquiries regarding eligibility and registration with the FH Palliative Care Program should be directed to  Abbotsford Home Health at 604-556-5000 or the Home Health service line at 1-855-412-2121.

End-of-Life Care Services

AHS provides caring and professional support for palliative clients and their loved ones in a variety of settings.

Holmberg House Hospice 

AHS trained volunteers support the residents of Holmberg House and their loved ones by offering comfort through presence, conversation and acts of kindness. We also offer life enriching activities such as special crafts, pet visits, musicians, or even peaceful walks in the Serenity Garden. Fresh cookies are baked daily, providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the family kitchen for visiting over a cup of coffee. A highlight of the week is a Tea Cart loaded with treats and special teas for residents and their families.

Palliative Complex Care Unit (PCCU) Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

AHS trained volunteers support both patients and their loved ones at the PCCU by interacting with them, providing refreshments and a special “High Tea” weekly.

In-Home Palliative Support

When requested, Hospice companions can offer an encouraging presence to support the dying and their caregivers in the patient’s home.​

Anticipatory Grief

Hospice Support is available to caregivers who are living with the impending death of a loved one. Individual and group support is available to encourage caregivers as they explore changing roles and relationships, self-care and stress management, grief and loss, and planning for the future.​

Vigil Services

Abbotsford Hospice Society believes that no one should have to die alone. Hospice companions may be available to keep vigil with a patient during the final 72 hours of life. This service may be offered in Holmberg House, the PCCU, or the patient’s residence.

 

Spiritual Care Services

At end-of-life there are often questions pertaining to spirituality. AHS respects cultural and religious diversity and can provide spiritual support if requested through our hospice companions or by referring to local spiritual care practitioners.

Email Susanne Fehr

Palliative Services Manager

604-852-2456 ext. 415