Hub Hospice Palliative Care visiting volunteers celebrate with a tea

On December 5, 2016 the Board of Directors of Hub Hospice Palliative Care honored our Visiting Volunteers by providing them a celebratory Tea.

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Despite the snowy roads the volunteers and their coordinator, Allison Griffith, attended the tea at St Paul’s Anglican Church hall. This delightful event provided our volunteers an opportunity to gather for a fun social celebration of their caring and compassionate roles and gave the Board members the opportunity to thank them for all their hard work on behalf of the program.

Hub Hospice Palliative Care is a not-for-profit registered Canadian charity funded through donations and targeted fundraising initiatives. We are a ‘Hospice without walls’. We provide in-home palliative care support for adult clients and their families (personal residences, long-term care homes, retirement homes or hospitals).

Visiting services are available in North Lanark which includes the towns of Almonte (Mississippi Mills), Packenham, Blakeney, Appleton, Clayton and Carleton Place. All services are provided free of charge.

Hub Hospice is managed by a Board of Directors. We employ a Professional Nurse, Allison Griffith RN, as a Coordinator, who manages our volunteer visiting program to ensure quality care for all clients. Each client is assessed by our Coordinator to determine their needs in support of personalized care that offers choices. Trained volunteers provide comfort, compassion, supervised support to our patients, their family and caregivers. The Coordinator and Volunteers build relationships with clients and family based on dignity and respect and the highest regard for confidentiality. Our visiting Volunteers undergo a thorough screening process prior to being accepted for training in a provincially designed, 35-hour education program. Volunteers are ‘matched’ with clients based on respective life experience, personality and needs. We support family and caregivers, allowing them to perform their role. We source or provide grief counselling and bereavement support. We also assist with advanced care planning information and support to help in making decisions that are right for the individual. Some of the other services we can facilitate are: grocery delivery, mobile library services, home support, sourcing beds and assistive devices, playing music, reading, help in writing letters to friends and relatives, links with clergy, access to a range of community supports, etc.

No special referrals are required for patients with life-threatening diagnoses. Referrals are welcomed from all sources. Hub Hospice maintains partnerships with all related health and community care providers including: CCAC, Mills Community Support Services, Acute Care Centers, Physicians, Pain and Symptom Management services, etc.

Please refer to our Website for additional information: www.hubhospice.com