AHS provides caring and professional support for palliative clients and their loved ones in a variety of settings
Getting the Support You Need
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.
Abbotsford Hospice Society offers Palliative services through Hospice Companions who are trained client-support volunteers. They are a comfortable presence for the dying and their families. Companions understand the importance of sitting with people and listening to their stories.
Palliative Services are offered in a number of settings:
Holmberg House Hospice
Hospice companions support the residents of Holmberg House, Abbotsford’s adult hospice. Services include companioning, complimentary therapies such as music, pet visiting, aesthetic services, refreshments and activities.
Support for Palliative Complex Care Unit (PCCU) Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
Hospice companions support both patients and their loved ones at the PCCU by interacting with them and providing refreshments.
In-Home Palliative Support
Hospice companions offer an encouraging presence to support the dying and their families in the patient’s home.
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.
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.