Valley Hospice Foundation
This year we celebrate with the wonderful news that our residential Hospice will be a reality. In August 2016, Premier Stephen McNeil officially announced the new residential Hospice for the Annapolis Valley.
Most importantly, the Valley Hospice Foundation signed an agreement with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), an agreement based on our vision of a residential Hospice offering dying patients and their loved ones a welcoming, quiet and comfortable alternative to hospital-based palliative care.
The planning and design of the Hospice is underway and construction begins in 2017. We are so thankful for the funds raised through the Our Community Our Health Capital Campaign. We will pay to construct, furnish and equip the Valley Hospice which the Nova Scotia Health Authority will own and operate.
We are grateful to everyone who has helped us reach our goals.
A NEW CHAPTER
Our current focus is to build, furnish and equip our residential Hospice. As we work towards the start of our Hospice, we also enter into a new chapter of supporting enhancements that will ensure the best care possible for those coping with end-of-life in our community.
1. Enhancing clinical care of patients with complementary therapies and specialized equipment
2. Supporting hospice palliative care volunteer education
3. Enhancing the Hospice setting for family and patient comfort
4. Creating a learning “Hub” for families and patients, professional staff and the community
At the Heart of Hospice
Nancy Chipman is one of many palliative care volunteers serving the Valley. Always seeking to learn more, it is no surprise that she took time while in New Brunswick to visit another community’s residential Hospice. It was fall, and someone had dropped off some plums…they were making jam while she was there. Volunteers then wheeled a tea cart from room to room serving tea, scones and fresh plum jam. For sure, a welcomed treat for everyone.
Nancy is a special kind of volunteer. She has been supporting patients in their homes and in the hospital for over 20 years. As a clinical volunteer, she knows first-hand the complicated and sensitive issues for which she must be prepared. Whether volunteering in the kitchen or spending time with patients and families, a hospice palliative care volunteer requires special training and support.
Volunteers will play a significant role in our Hospice.