Who are We
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.
What We Do
At a time when you need help most, we provide compassionate comfort, emotional and spiritual support, simple comfort measures, an opportunity to be with your loved ones and free to experience life’s final stages with grace and dignity.
We'll be there
- Are you supporting a loved one living with a life threatening illness?
- Are you a caregiver in need of support or respite?
- Are you coming to terms with a recent loss of someone close to you?
- Are you anticipating the loss of someone who is very ill?
- Do you need information about palliative care, grief & bereavement, caring for a loved one at home, or support and services available to you in your community?
- Are you feeling lost, worried, out of your element or not sure you can cope with your trauma, past loss or current care giving burden?
- Do you need information on Advanced Care Planning?
- Do you and your family need help putting a plan together?
- Do you need a speaker for your social or service group?
YOU MAY NEED THE HELP OF HOSPICE MUSKOKA!
Drop in our office: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday
at the Community Living South Muskoka Building, 15 Depot Drive, Office 217, Bracebridge
THE ROLE OF THE VISITING HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
Volunteers have an integral part to play in the provision of hospice palliative care services. They strengthen the work of the professional team and bring the gifts of time and compassion. Their roles are varied, but they share the common commitment to hospice and a willingness to contribute to the community in which they live.
Residential Hospices offer compassionate and cost effective care for people living with a life-ending illness who can no longer be cared for in their homes or have a preference for the care provided in a residential program setting. Until the early 2000s, hospice care was traditionally provided by volunteers while palliative care was provided in hospitals.
Currently, Muskoka is served by a five-bed Residential Hospice called Algonquin Grace through Hospice Huntsville. There is no residential program for the residents of South Muskoka. Several factors will affect the future availability of hospice-palliative care, create waiting lists for the five beds to the north and add significant pressure on the health care system throughout Muskoka.
Hospice Muskoka has an extensive library of books and videos on a wide array of end-of-life,
palliative care and grief and bereavement topics available to sign out for short periods of time.
Often individuals, family members and caregivers will try to learn as much as they can about their
particular situation so that they can make informed decisions.