The Alberni Valley Hospice Society sustains compassionate care and human dignity, and provides education and advocacy to individuals and their families facing life-limiting illness, death, and bereavement.
We are a registered, non-profit volunteer organization. Our mission is to provide compassionate, supportive, non-medical care to persons affected by a progressive life limiting illness, death and bereavement and to educate the public about living at the very end of life.
Our new office is located at 3088 3rd Avenue, Port Alberni
Our residential hospice care is still provided at Ty Watson House
We have many programs and services available to the community, including:
Ty Watson House
Likely our most well-known program, the Ty Watson House Bed program opened January 22, 2008 and is now available to the community for extended and respite stays. As a 4 bed community hospice, 24 hour care is provided for people facing a life limiting illness but not requiring a hospital admission.
HCC staff visit the residents just as if the client was in his/her own home. A community health worker is on site 24 hours a day and there is 24 hour access to an RN on call. The Alberni Valley Hospice Society provides the hospitality services (meals,etc.) and offers the full range of hospice services available to the rest of the community.
While nursing care is paid for through the Vancouver Island Health Authority, hospitality services are not. There is a low cost per diem rate for both extended and respite stays. Our vision is to maintain a comfortable, loving environment in which to cherish, refresh, and honor clients, their friends and families. Hospice care is tailored to the needs of each individual resident and family to provide as much support as they require.
Community Palliative Care Support
Many of the services mentioned below are offered to those in the community, even if they do not come to stay at Ty Watson House.
Once referred, the Hospice Coordinator makes an initial visit with the client/family in their home, long term care facility, hospital or at Ty Watson to discuss hospice services and to assess the client's needs. The Coordinator continues to stay in touch with the client and family.
A volunteer or volunteers are assigned to client and/or family members as needed and desired. Client, respite and caregiver support can increase the quality of life and should be accessed early.
We have a family caregiver support group that meets twice a month (2nd and 4th Tuesdays) at 1:30pm. We provide a non-judgmental space to openly discuss challenges and experiences, ask questions, exchange practical information, access resources, vent, share positive stories and get relief from isolation – all in a safe atmosphere.
Our Bereavement Counselor sees clients for individual counseling. We also offer groups, including a drop in Grief Support Group and a Walk and Talk Bereavement Group for those experiencing loss through death. Please note that our groups may not be offered at all times. If you are interested in receiving support, or joining one of our groups, please give us a call at 723-4478.
Spiritual Care is provided through our Hospice Chaplain, local churches, and volunteers.
Complementary Integrative Health Services
Various services are offered by volunteers, including Healing Touch, Reiki, Massage, and Reflexology.
Healing Touch or Reiki is provided by a HT Certified Practitioner, HT Practitioner In Training or a Reiki Practitioner.
Treatments are offered free of charge to clients receiving cancer treatment, clients with cancer, palliative care clients, caregivers and the bereaved. Donations gratefully received.
Appointments are scheduled - Phone 723-4478 to book an appointment.
The AV Hospice Society has a comprehensive and up-to-date resource library that can be accessed by the public at our office at 3088 3rd Avenue. Books and videos may be borrowed for up to 3 weeks. Free brochures are also available.
Book and video categories include but are not limited to: Living with a life limiting illness; Caregiving at end of life; Caregiving for those with long term chronic illness; Death of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child; Adult, teen, or child grief; Spirituality; Inspirational reading; Personal growth; Funeral planning; Alternative therapies.
Our specially trained volunteers work with clients to produce a life story in audio CD format. (One copy is provided free of charge to the client, with the option of purchasing more copies - proceeds from the sales keep the program sustainable.)
Volunteers interview clients, who share memories of their life, and reflect upon what they feel is important to include in the finished product. Stories are kept strictly confidential unless released to the public or family, per written agreement. This is an extremely rewarding and fulfilling process, and the legacy that is created is deeply cherished by families who receive them.
The program is available to palliative care clients as well as those in assisted living facilities, and anyone in the community over the age of 80. It is provided free of charge, though donations are always gratefully accepted. For more information, please call 723-4478.