Beth Donovan Hospice

Day Hospice:
The Day Program is offered to an intimate group of clients with a life limiting illness. Run by a Register Nurse and a dedicated hospice volunteer team, it is a day away in a home-like setting, where clients will find rest and relaxation, supportive relationships, and therapeutic value. Day Hospice hosts various activities each week, which can include Arts & Crafts, Massage and Reflexology Therapies, Musicians, Card Games, Spa days, a homemade lunch and transportation for those who require it. 
Home Visiting:
Volunteers provide emotional support and companionship for clients while offering respite to family members in a setting of their choice. Our professionally trained Volunteer and Client Services Coordinator visits new clients in their home to determine their needs and the appropriate level of support required. Volunteers can share in activities such as going on walks and outings, reading books together, card games, reminiscing, sharing hobbies and interests, and more. All in-home volunteers receive 30 hours of accredited Hospice Palliative Care Ontario training from the Beth Donovan Hospice, are screened with a police records check, and are offered continued support from our Volunteer Coordinator. 

Grief Counselling:
Grief is a natural, universal reaction to the loss of someone you care about, yet what you experience as grief is itself highly personal and unique to you. It can involve many different distressing experiences, including a roller coaster of emotions, a lack of concentration, difficulty focusing and remembering, physical sensations such as a tightness in the throat, fatigue, and an overarching sense of loneliness. And no wonder, for you have not just lost your loved one, but also all the different roles that they played in your life: mentor, confidant, parent, etc.

It is for this reason and more that receiving support is so important in coping with grief. Research tells us that when we feel supported it facilitates healing in the grief process. This is why here at Beth Donovan Hospice, we aim to provide several different ways that you can receive support: Individual, Couple, & Family Counselling, Spiritual Care, Peer Support, Support Groups, and a Lending Library. Which service you access depends on your level of need and comfort, and so feel free to look at each resource in turn to see what is available. 

Spiritual Care:
The Spiritual Care Program offers spiritual support for families and clients at Beth Donovan Hospice; one of our exceptional volunteers, Pastor Dan Massey, heads this program. The Spiritual Care Team meets five times a year for discussions on issues of Spiritual Care for the dying and bereaved. The team consists of volunteers from across our programs, including our Grief & Bereavement Counsellor. The team has been discovering different aspects of the needs of palliative clients and how they relate to Spiritual Care.

Spiritual Care offers one on one visits with clients who have questions surrounding spirituality. Facing a life-limiting illness or a loss can cause us to re-examine our values, purpose, and the overall meaning of our lives. Spiritual Care aims to provide a space in which a person’s spirituality can become a greater resource for them through this significant life transition and for addressing these questions. Whether it be in home, hospital, or day hospice, the team provides a warm and calming presence when working with clients and their families facing life-limiting illness. Pastor Dan also conducts seasonal workshops for bereaved persons in partnership with our Grief Counsellor. 

 Equipment Lending:
Our Equipment Lending Program provides transfer wheelchairs, walkers, commodes, bath chairs, raised toilet seats etc. for clients to ensure their safety, comfort, and to support them to remain at home.

 

 

Contact Information

Address:
25 Hilltop Crescent 339
Kemptville,  Ontario
K0G 1J0
Contact Name: Amanda Ogilvie
Phone: (613) 258-9611
Fax: (613) 258-9612
 

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