Home Hospice Yesterday…Today…Tomorrow
Who we are
Family First. A family of vision … Most importantly we never forget the people we serve and fully understand that the needs of our dying community, and those who love them, will always be the only priority that matters.
Why what we do matters
No one should die alone or in distress. Regardless of the advances in medical science and research, for many there will be no cure. While there are untold numbers of resources for the journey of birth at the beginning of life, care for the journey at end of life (especially in Canada) barely exists. We matter because we mobilize hospice palliative care more cost effectively and expediently than if a community were to try and do so in isolation.
Why your support matters
Home Hospice Association is not funded through any health care dollars in any province. We are only able to meet our goal of establishing 43 new chapters each year through the generosity of those individuals and businesses who believe that; as the Dalia Lama explains it:
“As newborn babies each of us was helpless and, without the care and kindness we received then, we would not have survived. Because the dying are also unable to help themselves, we should relieve them of discomfort and anxiety and assist them, as far as we can, to die with composure.”
For many there will be a cure; more many more there will not. Those who are at the most vulnerable time in their lives deserve our support.
What we do
Home Hospice Association empowers communities to help people die in a non-institutionalized environment. Dignity, compassion, and culturally sensitive human connection are the hallmarks of what Home Hospice care.
Home Hospice Association has always imagined community success to be the day when a local landscaper walks up the pathway to the home of a terminal member of their community ready to volunteer a few hours tending to the gardens this person has loved for so long. On the pathway the landscaper meets up with an employee of one of the local banking institutions. She and her sixteen year old son have just returned the family dog from a long walk. As they greet each other they comment warmly on how great the family birthday party looked, organized by three employees of the local bakery.
Such a vision defines hospice caregiving in a much different way. It does not minimize the significance of vigil sitting, peer grief support and helping the family deal with an imminent death but rather suggests that, as each member of a community seeks opportunity to help their (fellow) dying members, those comfortable with the perceived roles of hospice caregiving can do what they do best.
It truly is a village approach to supporting one another along the journey of a terminal illness.