My mom, Patricia, had been ill for years. The loss of her health led to admission into long-term care, and then repeated visits to hospital.
When she was finally admitted into Delta Hospice, I was deeply relieved. It was clear from her first day, the care she would receive at Delta Hospice was person-centered, compassionate and highly professional. The environment was homelike, welcoming and the freshly cooked meals, served on china plates, a source of delicious joy for Patricia, a self-declared “foodie” and chef.
We decorated Patricia’s room with family photos, pictures and her “treasures” from home, and spent hours admiring the summer garden from her big picture window. Now, looking back on the time of her passing, I am deeply grateful to Delta Hospice and the people who work and volunteer there. As mom’s primary caregiver, it was reassuring to know when I wasn’t there at her bedside, mom was safe, cared for by staff and volunteers who were as kind as they were professionally skilled.
As a family member, what also impressed me about Delta Hospice was the aftercare offered at the Center for Supportive Care. Emotionally drained after years of caring for mom over the course of her illness, while also missing her months after her passing, I found myself still grieving. At the Center for Supportive Care, I learned about grief, mourning and how to heal and grow through personal loss. Once again, I found myself helped, restored and grateful for this special and professionally staffed resource, generously provided to me by the Delta Hospice Society.
As a nurse, I can say with confidence Delta Hospice is a one-of-a-kind, inspiring end-of-life resource. There are very few places like it in the Lower Mainland. Its future should not be taken for granted. I wish for everyone to have the same wonderful experience as my mom, Patricia, and I had there.
To ensure this calibre of service is there for you and your family when you need it, please become a Delta Hospice Society member. Your membership and vote may be what secures its future as a palliative care centre and an end-of-life resource for all citizens of Delta and their families. The future of the Delta Hospice Society is uncertain, but we can change that if you become a member today.