What is Hospice Palliative Care?
Hospice Palliative Care is a holistic care philosophy that is offered to those nearing the end of their physical life. It takes place in a peaceful, caring, and supportive environment - in the patient's home or health care facility. It is appropriate for any patient, regardless of age or illness.
The purpose of hospice palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying, It promotes opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences and personal/spiritual growth.
Hospice Palliative Care requires an interdisciplinary approach that involves specifically trained health care professionals, therapists, social workers, volunteers, and spiritual care givers.
Hospice Palliative Care helps families facing life-limiting illnesses with dignity and comfort, surrounded by a circle of support. It strives to help patients and families:
- address physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and practical issues surrounding death
- manage expectations, needs, hopes and fears
- prepare for and manage the dying process
- cope with loss and grief during illness and bereavement
While courageously facing her end of life journey, Arlene Kolosky recognized the need for a hospice in Moose Jaw. She had the privilege of experiencing her final days in the comfort of her own home, but knew that not everyone would have the same opportunity.
In May 2013, Arlene approached a few of her close friends and acquaintances to advocate for Hospice Palliative Care in Moose Jaw. This group went on to establish an organization dedicated to achieve the dream of Hospice Palliative Care for Moose Jaw and surrounding area.
In November 2014, with the approval of bylaws, Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw was officially established as an organization. Today, we have an active Board, consisting of 12 members, that meet monthly to achieve Arlene's (and our) dream of a dedicated Hospice Palliative Care facility in Moose Jaw.