Community Visiting

Facing a life-limiting diagnosis involves living with uncertainty while still wanting meaningful control over what lies ahead. At Hospice Prince Edward, we help you navigate your way through the overwhelming emotions and practical realities of coping with this illness to reach a level of acceptance that allows you and your loved ones to make the most of whatever time remains.

It's about living with an illness, rather than dying from an illness.

This in-home support is the foundation of our Hospice. For 25 years, our volunteers have been going out into the community providing support, respite care and companionship to palliative patients and their families.

What we offer:

Respite for family caregivers is perhaps one of the greatest needs when caring at home for a loved one. When care becomes more concentrated or goes on for a long period of time, care givers are at risk of becoming overly fatigued and suffer burnout.

Education and guidance for individuals and families who are often overwhelmed with the complexity of managing a serious illness, understanding the health care system and knowing how to access appropriate services at the appropriate time.

Comfort and reassurance; our volunteers offer social, emotional, and spiritual support to both the client and the family in the client's place of residence, including home, long term care facility, our residential hospice, or hospital.

Companionship by engaging with clients in quality-of-life activities such as friendly visits and conversation, going on outings, sharing in hobbies and interests, letter writing and legacy journaling.

Our Volunteers are:

  • thoroughly screened and reference, health, and police checked
  • specialty trained, having completed 30+ hours of intensive Hospice Palliative Care education, meeting the standards set by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)
  • offered ongoing support and educational opportunities at Hospice Prince Edward
  • carefully matched with clients based on needs of the client and family, skills of volunteer, and common interests
  • mature and reliable community members who give freely of their time and energy to provide quality

Some people think that a referral to Hospice Prince Edward means that death is imminent, that they’re ‘giving up’ or that hospice palliative care is only for the very final days or hours of life. However, it is helpful to connect with our support early, so that a relationship can be built and help can be provided in determining needs, options and choices.

Hospice’s in-home visiting support is available to all persons diagnosed with a terminal illness in Prince Edward County, free of charge.