Providing comfort and care
Victoria Hospice provides end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Our interdisciplinary team provides comfort for patients and support for their family.
We provide care at our 18-bed Inpatient Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. We offer special touches like a 24-hour unrestricted family and friends visiting policy (including pets), a family lounge area, an open kitchen, and private meditation rooms.
We provide care in the community. Our Palliative Response Team (PRT) provides short-term crisis consultation and treatment, 24/7. A nurse and counsellor see to the needs of the patient and their families, with on-call access to a palliative care physician.
We provide bereavement services following the death of a loved one. Our bereavement team offers counselling to anyone in the community who is suffering loss, regardless of a prior connection to Victoria Hospice. Thanks to generous support from our community, support is available for individuals, groups, and families.
Over 300 volunteers play an essential role in our success. Volunteers provide companionship and support to patients and families on our inpatient unit, in the community, and through our bereavement program. They also help with fundraising events, our Rooftop Garden, and office administration.
We engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world. Thanks to generous grants and community donations, we are able to produce peer-reviewed research papers, develop and offer courses and textbooks, and deliver training both internally and externally.
Our services are wide-reaching
The diagnosis of a serious or life-limiting illness can have profound effects on a person, as well as on the person’s surrounding family and friends. We support patients and loved ones on their journeys through life-limiting illness and bereavement.
Our staff of nurses, doctors, counsellors–along with over 300 highly-trained volunteers–ensure that the journey is one of comfort, learning and celebration of lives well lived. It’s about living with an illness, rather than dying from an illness.
Our bereavement team also offers counselling to anyone in the community who is suffering loss, regardless of a prior connection to Victoria Hospice.
For health care professionals, we provide publications, courses and clinical tools to assist in the provision of expert palliative care. We also provide resources and training to hundreds of volunteers, both clinical and non-clinical, who give their time at Victoria Hospice.