Our dream is to:
At the moment we have administrative offices at Hospice House in Davis Bay and support two hospice bedrooms with an adjoining family room at Shorncliffe Care Facility in Sechelt.
Vancouver Coastal Health has recently announced that they will provide operating funds for a 4 bed hospice facility in a location to be confirmed. It will be up to the Sunshine Coast community to raise the funds to build the facility.
If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in. Come in.
Back in 1986, local community members began advocating for hospice / palliative care services here on the Coast. But it wasn’t until 15 years later – in 2001 – that the first Hospice beds were established in the former Garden Inn in Gibsons.
In 2005, those beds were moved to the Shorncliffe Care Facility in Sechelt.
The demand for hospice beds has grown in the past two decades, but hospice capacity in our community has not increased. In any given month three people who need hospice beds must find care elsewhere.
It is also important to understand that more than 30% of the population on the Sunshine Coast is 65 years of age or older and that number grows to 40% when you look at the population 60 and over.
Vancouver Coast Health will only provide operating costs for hospice beds. The community needs to raise the funds for construction and/or renovation of the new hospice.
That’s why the Hospice Society is launching a new fundraising campaign to create a new Hospice to meet our current and future demand to provide hospice respite, care and support to our Sunshine Coast community.
This will be a dedicated 4 bed hospice facility adjacent to the new Silverstone Care Facility with room to expand to meet future needs.
The new Sunshine Coast Hospice will have a welcoming, home-like atmosphere with comfortable family space, access to gardens for both patients and loved ones, meeting space both for groups and staff, and an area for contemplation. It will be designed to welcome and appeal to people from diverse backgrounds, including First Nations. Being adjacent to the Silverstone facility, the hospice will be able to benefit from food, cleaning and laundry services, support staff, meeting space, etc.
Over the course of our lives, many of us will know someone who would be helped by hospice care. That might be ourselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. The whole community benefits when hospice is available to
all those who need it.
There are many ways you can help improve hospice care on the Sunshine Coast: