We Have a Dream: A New Hospice

Our Future

Our dream is to:

  • Continue to enhance our current hospice programs and services.
  • Build a Hospice House with enough hospice beds to serve our community. A peaceful place with a welcome, home-like atmosphere and amenities to ensure comfort and support for patients and for their loved ones.
  • Create a much needed permanent home for the administration and delivery of ALL of our services: hospice, bereavement and community outreach.

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.

Shel Silverstein

A Growing Need

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.

It is clear we need more Hospice beds!
What are the next steps?

Fundraising

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 state-of-the-art hospice to provide care and support to our community.

Our goal is to see the Sunshine Coast community supported with:

  • enough hospice beds to meet current demand, and
  • a state-of-the-art hospice to provide respite and care to our community.
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How you can Help

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:

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