What is hospice care?
Hospice offers a life affirming alternative to hospitalization or dying at home. This specialized health care setting provides 24 hour palliative care to individuals nearing the end of life.
How does Covenant Care approach hospice care?
Covenant Care provides holistic, personalized and compassionate care that celebrates life and addresses each resident’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. We believe each resident is special, sacred and deserves to be comforted and treated with dignity. Our care teams strive to make this difficult time manageable and meaningful for our residents and their loved ones by providing family-centered care whenever possible and enabling our residents to die with dignity.
How does my loved one get into Covenant Care Hospice?
- Referrals to hospice are available through the palliative care teams in hospital or home care programs .
- Admission criteria include: adults that have a life limiting illness and are no longer pursuing active curative treatment. Focus is strictly on comfort care
- To learn more about the Alberta Health Services referral process, visit their website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page13766.aspx
Who will take care of my loved one at Covenant Care Hospice?
- Physicians, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Resident Care Aids, Chaplain, Social Worker, Educator, LPN Clinical Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteers.
- Residents and families are an essential part of this team and considered a partner in care
What can I expect when my loved one is dying?
During the last few days or weeks of life, you may see changes in your loved one. He or she may sleep longer, have less energy, eat less or withdraw from family and friends. To help you prepare for these changes, please see What to Expect When a Person is Dying (PDF).