Q: What is Hospice Halifax?
A: Hospice Halifax is a compassionate and supportive community of staff members, volunteers, and donors dedicated to making dying and living as comfortable and as meaningful as possible at the end of life.
Q: Where Hospice Halifax?
A: 618 Francklyn St in the south end of Halifax
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Hospice Halifax, like other hospices across the country, provides state-of-the-art palliative care and support services to individuals and their loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in a beautiful home-like setting free of charge.
Patients and their loved ones will receive the best possible compassionate care. Patients will have a group of staff and trained volunteers ready to fulfill their needs and wishes; to prepare a favourite meal, to help create a family get together, to arrange a pet’s visit, or to reconnect with nature. Patients’ rooms will accommodate overnight stays for loved ones.
Hospice is intended to honour the individual. We will provide necessary services to ensure that cultural and religious differences are prioritized and respected.
Hospice Halifax will be available to all patients at no cost.
Q: How do people apply to stay at Hospice Halifax?
A: Please visit our apply page to apply to Hospice Halifax; we encourage everyone to apply.
Q: Why is Hospice Halifax in a neighborhood community rather than on hospital grounds?
A: Hospices are designed to feel like home. Across Canada, the majority of hospice residences are part of the community and established in neighborhoods. For Hospice Halifax, establishing a hospice residence in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks the Northwest Arm and is close to healthcare facilities and universities, positions patients and family members to receive the best hospice experience possible.
Q: Why is hospice care necessary in Nova Scotia?
A: Of the Canadians that have a preference as to where to spend their end of life, the majority would prefer to die in their home (75%). Currently the majority of Nova Scotians experience death in a hospital setting because circumstances can emerge in the last few weeks of life leaving the patient and their caregivers with no alternative. Hospice is a viable alternative for many of these patients. Hospice offers support to dying people and their caregivers and families. It allows families to share time with each other without managing the stress that can accompany end-of-life care.
Q: What is Hospice Halifax’s connection to the Atlantic School of Theology?
A: The Atlantic School of Theology and Hospice Halifax are separate organizations. AST is the landowner of the leased property on which the hospice residence is being built. Hospice Halifax negotiated a 99-year land lease with AST and will manage the hospice residence. Hospice Halifax is a non-sectarian organization and commits to offering patients and families spiritual support that meets their individual religious or personal beliefs.
Q: What kind of programs will you offer?
A: We offer community bereavement groups and we provide in-house patient and family support.
Professional volunteers will offer time and professional services to provide programs for patients’ well being: registered massage therapy, acupuncture, reiki, and art and music therapy, for example.
Our center learning and education centre which will provide palliative care training to small groups of professionals and community members. Our plan is to offer other programs over time.