Hospice Quinte is committed to offering support for individuals facing a life-threatening illness to help them live with comfort, meaning, dignity and hope.
For many of our patients, home provides a more comfortable and reassuring atmosphere than a hospital; however, caring for a terminally ill loved one at home can put a tremendous strain on a family. In these situations our patient care volunteers can make an invaluable difference. They visit the home on a schedule that suits the needs of the patient and family. Some patients need only a few hours a month, others need several hours a day. We work closely with other agencies such as The Community Care Access Centre for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, to ensure that each of the patient’s needs are being met.
Volunteers can do many things for a patient in their home, such as making a favorite meal, reading, sharing stories, playing cards, writing letters, doing light housekeeping or shopping. In general, the volunteer listens and provides companionship. In many cases, the volunteers provides a break for the family and may provide as much support to family members as to the patient.
Requests for in home visits may come from the patients themselves, their families and friends, health and social agencies, physicians, Access Centre, clergy or in fact anyone who feels that service is needed for a particular person.
If it becomes necessary for the patient to be admitted to hospital, the Hospice Quinte volunteer will continue to offer support within the hospital setting. This support is available at Quinte Healthcare- Belleville and Trenton sites. The same support is offered in the area retirement and long term care homes.