30 Mar Sunshine Coast Hospice and COVID-19
In these uncertain times we at Sunshine Coast Hospice are, like you, struggling to understand what impact the coronavirus pandemic will have here, and we are working hard to adjust our services so that we can continue to serve our community. What we do know is that the Sunshine Coast community is strong, loving and compassionate, and we will get through this together.
These are the steps that Sunshine Coast Hospice is taking:
Our Hospice offices are closed until further notice, but staff and the Board of Directors continue to work remotely from home. Phone messages and emails are checked regularly.
While we have suspended all in-person client/volunteer interactions and grief groups, we are offering all clients support over the phone or by video-call.
We are accepting new intakes by phone and will continue to connect new clients with supporting volunteers. We welcome those interested in using Hospice programs to contact us by phone or email (please see contact information below) and will connect new clients with supporting volunteers for phone or video calls.
As directed by Vancouver Coastal Health and BC Ministry of Health, we have suspended all grief and wellness sessions at the Hospice office, in homes and at Shorncliffe, and have suspended all visits to patients in hospital.
Our Hike for Hospice event has been reconceptualized and rescheduled. Please see more details here https://coasthospice.
We are also exploring innovative ways for Hospice to work with the Palliative Shared Care Working Group to support our community during this crisis.
We are monitoring the situation as it changes from week to week. Throughout this time, we will continue providing support to individuals and families in our community while taking the necessary steps to keep clients, volunteers, and staff safe.
If you or someone you know would like to use hospice services, please get in touch with us by phone at: 604-740-0475, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also continue to check our Facebook page and website for up-to-date information.
And if you are thinking about how you could help further at this time, one option is to become a monthly Hospice donor today. A monthly gift of $10 or more is easy on the wallet, and will help us to continue to provide the services our community relies on!
With love and appreciation,
Elana Robinson, Executive Director, and the Hospice Board of Directors