North Okanagan Hospice Society

Overview of programs and Services:: North Okanagan Hospice Society believes in quality of life. We support people with a palliative diagnosis, their family, and the bereaved. When medical intervention can no longer add days to life, we strive to add more life to each day. We operate Hospice House, a 12-bed palliative care facility in Vernon.

We provide short-term respite care to palliative patients. We have a trained volunteers who support clients at home and at Hospice House.
We offer grief and bereavement services to anyone anticipating or dealing with the loss of a significant person in their life. We engage, inform, educate, and support individuals with a life-limiting illness, their family, caregivers, professionals, and the community about hospice palliative care. Programs and services are offered to residents of the North Okanagan. Confidential referrals to NOHS may be made through Community Care Nursing, physicians, family or friends. Individuals can also self-refer.

What are your admission/referral criteria?:

Hospice House has 12 rooms to allow clients a place to live during their final weeks. Individuals at end-of-life can also stay at Hospice House temporarily for pain and symptom management and/or to allow families a break from caregiving.

Who can be admitted to Hospice House?
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility:

Please note that referrals for admission are considered on an individual basis taking into consideration care requirements

  • They have a palliative diagnosis and are living with a progressive, life-limiting illness
  • They are residents of the North Okanagan (individuals from other locations within the Interior Health Authority region can be admitted depending on room availability)
  • They have a family physician who supports a referral to Hospice House and has registered them with the appropriate palliative care benefits program
  • Their goal of care is palliative and comfort-oriented, rather than focused on cure. They consent to admission to Hospice House and the hospice palliative care philosophy. They reside in their own home or in an Assisted Living facility.

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What are your admission/referral criteria?

  • End of Life Care in last 3 months
  • Respite Care for pain/symptom management and caregiver burnout
  • Grief and Bereavement Counseling Services
  • Volunteers support all programs

How would you answer the following question if asked by a patient, client, resident and/or family?

“What can you do for me?”

We provide respectful and compassionate physical, emotional, and spiritual supportive care.

 

Staff/Service

By Dedicated Staff

Upon Request

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In Home

Animal Therapists

 

 

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Art Therapists

 

 

 

 

Bereavement Coordinators

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Bereavement Support

 

 

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Child and Youth Coordinator/Counsellor

 

 

 

 

Clinical Counsellors

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Complementary therapies

 

 

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Day Program

 

 

 

 

Dietitians

 

 

 

 

Education

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Educational Coordinators

 

 

 

 

Grief Group Facilitator

 

 

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Home Consultation Services

 

 

 

 

Home Support (Homemaking)

 

 

 

 

Inpatient consultation

 

 

 

 

Inpatient Facility (PCU)

 

 

 

 

Music Therapists

 

 

 

 

Nurses

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Outpatient Clinics

 

 

 

 

Personal Support Workers

 

 

 

 

Pain & Symptom Management

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Physicians

 

 

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Physician Visits

 

 

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Physiotherapists

 

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Psychologists

 

 

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Quick Response / Emergency Response

 

 

 

 

Research

 

 

 

 

Respiratory Therapists

 

 

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Respite Care

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Social Workers

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Social Work / Counselling

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Speech / Language Therapists

 

 

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Spiritual / Pastoral Care Workers

 

 

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Volunteer Coordinators

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Mission Statement:  North Okanagan Hospice Society exists so there will be:

Quality end-of-life care for all in the North Okanagan community at a cost that demonstrates good stewardship.