March 19, 2020


As you may be aware, the Nova Scotia Health Authority has now implemented a no-visitor policy for all hospitals with some exceptions. A ONE person visitor/support person is allowed for patients at the end-of-life. 

In keeping with provincial efforts to minimize spread of the disease, Hospice Halifax will also further limit visitors to the hospice.  Going forward, ONE identified visitor will be permitted to visit for each patient per day.  The visitor will go directly to the patient room and stay in the patient room at all times when visiting. When not in the room, they will exit the Hospice.  They may re-enter if they’ve gone for a walk, or taken a break outside/ or in their car. A loved one may stay at the hospice overnight to remain with their loved one

There will be someone at the reception to screen each visitor for COVID-19 each time they enter the building using the screening questionnaire. Thank you for respecting this request to keep everyone healthy.

ALL common areas, including the tea room, and Great Room Kitchen will remain closed for personal food /beverage preparation. The lower level kitchen is restricted to food service staff and essential support staff/volunteers ONLY. A sign will be posted outside the kitchen as a reminder.

We appreciate your continued support and will continue to keep you updated of any further changes.

March 16, 2020

Dear friends of Hospice Halifax,

With presumptive cases of COVID-19 now in Nova Scotia, it is our duty to be diligent on a number of matters to limit the risk to Halifax Hospice patients, staff, family members, volunteers and others. We ask you to please note and adhere to the following changes, effective immediately:

  • The number of visitors is restricted to two people at one time, and only two visitors daily.  Different visitors may visit on different days.  Approved visitors are being identified by patients and their families and in discussion with Hospice staff, and a list of those approved visitors will be kept at reception.
  • Drop-in visitation without prior approval is not permitted. Hospice Halifax reception will be managing this process.
  • Anyone entering Hospice Halifax must stop at the reception desk and be screened for entry.
  • If your name is on the approved visitor list, you will still need to answer a few screening questions.
  • If you are wondering if you are on the visitor list, please call ahead to 902-446-0929 to confirm before visiting.
  • Approved visitors to Hospice Halifax must stay in the patient room at all times when visiting. When not in the room, we must kindly request you leave the Hospice.
  • All other common areas, including the Tearoom and Great Room kitchen will be closed to visitors and will only be used to support Hospice operations. This includes using the Great Room for family meals.
  • If you have travelled internationally in the past 14-days or if you are symptomatic of any illness, you are asked to refrain from visiting Hospice Halifax.

We understand that these restrictions may be difficult particularly because we are delivering palliative care and time can be precious. At Hospice Halifax, we are committed to providing the best end of life possible for individuals and their families – and in times like these, the safety of everyone in our community is of utmost importance.

We appreciate your continued support and will continue to keep you updated of any further changes.