Community Hospice Care

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

From diagnosis forward the journey can be confusing, long and often anxiety ridden, for an individual and their family.  At Hospice Vaughan we are here to support and embrace the whole person, their family and caregivers during that journey.  We not only help with navigating the health care system but can also provide information, advocacy, education and respite from professional staff and trained volunteers.  With support, each individual creates a unique care plan that evolves with their changing needs. This may include psychosocial and emotional support in groups or individually, practical support in the home, and the opportunity to participate in Wellness activities and workshops.

Offering Grief and Bereavement support is another way we support our community.  Like our other programs, each person’s needs are met with individualized care and support, through counselling, support groups, Wellness activities and memorial opportunities.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Specialized programs address specific types of grief and loss. You are not alone – sharing your bereavement journey with others who are facing similar circumstances can help the healing process.

GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be a complex and personal process. The first step is an initial one-on-one counselling session with a professional counsellor/facilitator who assesses your needs. This assessment allows you to set your bereavement goals. Hospice Vaughan then supports you every step of the way to healing.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Surviving the loss of a loved one can be a difficult and lengthy process. We work to assist each individual to integrate life’s losses in their own unique way. A variety of support is available for bereavement clients regardless of when the loss has occurred. Clients meet with our Bereavement Coordinator and a collaborative effort is made to create an individualized care plan.

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

ALUMNI BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
A monthly meeting for clients who have already participated in a 6 week Bereavement program at Hospice Vaughan, and who would like continued group support through monthly check-ins.

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

CAREGIVER 101

End-of-life caregivers face increasing stress and have many questions. This information and support session will address caregiver fatigue and the substitute decision-making process. Participants learn healthy ways of coping, including effective self-care strategies. Assistance with the end-of-life legal and medical documentation process is provided. Session offered on an ongoing basis.

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

PALLIATIVE CARE SUPPORT

The palliative/end-of-life journey is a difficult time for the ill person and those who care for them. These therapies encourage participants to explore their inner selves, and focus on being present in the moment. Ongoing.

IN-HOME VISITATION VOLUNTEER SUPPORT

Our specially trained volunteers provide caregiver relief and caring companionship to those facing a life-limiting illness and their loved ones. Volunteers matched with families provide social and emotional support to alleviate feelings of isolation. A palliative diagnosis by a physician is required.

CARING HANDS DAY PROGRAM

Our Caring Hands Day Program warmly welcomes individuals with a palliative diagnosis and their caregivers once a week. Participants enjoy socially stimulating programming, a delicious home-cooked lunch, and caring companionship. The trappings of every day life fall away, friendships are made, and laughter is the best medicine. All are welcome.

THE INNER JOURNEY

Complementary therapies offer alternative ways to support those facing a life-limiting illness. These therapies encourage participants to explore their inner selves, and being present in the moment. Our specially-trained volunteers facilitate sessions covering a wide range of physical and emotional therapies.

  • Reiki
  • Meditation
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Qigong
  • Art Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Visualization and Guided Imagery

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

End-of-life caregivers face tremendous stress and tend to neglect their own needs. Beyond caring for their loved one, caregivers must also navigate a complex health care system. The inner resources we all rely upon to maintain sound emotional, mental, and psychosocial balance are pushed to the limits. Participants learn healthy ways of coping, including effective self-care strategies.

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

CHILDREN’S GRIEF PROGRAMS

Our children’s support programs can be offered in both individual and group settings. Children experience anticipatory grief when a loved one is diagnosed with a life limiting illness and continue that grief journey after their loved one has died. These programs support children in identifying, navigating, and coping with their feelings related to grief by exploring their feelings in a safe environment.

HANDS OF HOPE CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

An emotional support group for children four to twelve years old who are:

  • Mourning or anticipating the loss of a loved one
  • Having difficulty coping with the idea of death
  • Overwhelmed with emotions
  • Using negative and unhealthy behaviors as a coping mechanism
  • Struggling with the day-to-day tasks and requirements of school

Children will meet with others who have had a similar experience.

The program will offer the opportunity to:

  • Discuss self-esteem issues
  • Share their stories and feelings with other children
  • Build healthy coping strategies through play, arts & crafts, and other techniques

The children’s program is offered seasonally, including in the summer. During the summer months, the program expands to a once a week, four-hour day program which includes a delicious lunch.

IN-SCHOOL GRIEF SUPPORT PROGRAM

Grief and bereavement support is provided in the elementary and high school for children and teens.

HUGS CHILDREN'S SUPPORT GROUP

HUGS (Helping Understand Grief Sessions) is a Grief program for children created by Christine Dernederlanden. This program aims to help children understand grief and bereavement and deal with the death of a loved one.

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

TEEN GROUP (AGES 13 - 17)
Teens use a multi-media platform to explore misconceptions surrounding grief and loss. This opens up a discussion around how to move forward through grief after the death of a loved one. 6-10 weeks dependent on community need.

BASED ON COMMUNITY NEED

INQUIRIES ABOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT OUR SUPPORT CARE NAVIGATOR

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EVENTS, PROGRAMS & SERVICES

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