22 YEARS OF SERVICE TO SOUTH MUSKOKA!
WHAT IS HOSPICE?
In the middle ages, a hospice was a resting place for travelers on a difficult journey. The modern hospice movement began in London, England in 1967 when Dr. Cicely Saunders founded St. Christopher’s Hospice. Today, a hospice can be a special place where people with life-threatening illnesses are cared for or, like Hospice Muskoka, it is a service that reaches out to people wherever they might live.
Hospice or palliative care describes an approach to care that embodies the whole person and their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
– Dr. Charles Corr
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
Hospice Muskoka is a volunteer driven, community based, not-for-profit organization providing compassionate support to individuals and their loved ones of all ages and backgrounds, who are coping with end-of-life issues and bereavement.
Hospice Muskoka has been serving the residents of South and West Muskoka since 1995 in the communities of Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Port Carling, Bala, Mactier, Honey Harbour, Kilworthy, Severn Bridge, Vankoughnet and all areas in between!
WHAT WE OFFER:
Specially trained visiting volunteers provide non-medical, supportive care with a focus on the emotional and social needs of our clients and their families where ever they live – at home, in hospital, retirement and nursing homes. We also provide grief and bereavement support for persons of all ages, including children and youth. Education and public awareness about our programs, advance care planning and end-of-life support/services is available.
TEAM APPROACH TO CARE:
Hospice Muskoka is part of an integrated care team who provide physical, social, emotional, and spiritual care for individuals and their families. Through established partnerships with other healthcare providers, organizations, faith groups and community support, there is a blanket of support throughout South and West Muskoka where the highly trained volunteers of Hospice Muskoka are especially valued.
WHO CAN CONTACT HOSPICE MUSKOKA AND WHEN?
Hospice Muskoka receives referrals from health care providers, clergy, social workers, caregivers, friends and family.
The National Standard for Hospice Palliative Care recommends palliative care support any time after diagnosis of a life-threatening illness to assist individuals and their families as they adjust to their diagnosis, treatment protocol, and if treatment outcomes do not alter the course of the illness.
Clients may also include those who may have entered the final quadrant of a chronic disease or individuals who are failing to thrive because of age, illness, or overall frailty and are at extreme risk.
Community Hospices often become involved when there is a palliative prognosis of one year or less.
Residential Hospices are considered best for end-of-life care with a provincial average of 15 – 21 days.
There are several grief support programs for all ages that help participants come to terms with their loss, develop coping strategies, and enable them to rebuild their lives with hope and healing.