The lounge is needed most when a loved one is actively dying and families are reluctant to leave the bedside for any length of time. Families may bring food in for their own use (there is a small refrigerator and a microwave) and make themselves fresh coffee or tea while they take a short break.
When the lounge is in use by another palliative family or if families don’t want to take a break from the bedside, the hospitality cart can be ordered from the dietary department for use in the patient’s room.
The cart, coffee makers and kettles were purchased by the Hospice Society. The hospital provides the ingredients and accessories for enjoying a beverage while at the bedside or using the palliative care lounge.
Sometimes there are more than one or two palliative families or a family in ICU or emergency experiencing life threatening situations. In order to meet increasing need we have recently replaced the very old cart plus purchased a second cart.
In providing these services in partnership with West Coast General many people have commented to us and hospital staff how comforting it has been to them to have made use of the palliative care lounge and or the hospice cart while caring for their loved one.
Hospice also provides emotional and grief support, information, visiting, and vigil sitting in West Coast General. If in hospital and needing support or have questions, ask the nurse to call us. If you would like more information on any Hospice service including volunteering, call 250-723-4478.