Did you know that National Hospice Palliative Care week just finished? With all that’s going on in the world it might not have made it into your Twitter feed, but no matter! Today in the spirit of NHPCW I’m talking about a great organization we work with in Mississauga – Heart House Hospice.
In case you don’t know them, Heart House Hospice is an organization of people who work in the communities of Mississauga and Brampton offering programs and services aimed at improving quality of life for those living with or dying from advanced illnesses. Or by another name, they offer Hospice Palliative Care.
What many people don’t know is that Mississauga doesn’t actually have a residential palliative care hospice.
In Oakville there’s Ian Anderson House, in Burlington there’s Carpenter Hospice, and in Brampton there’s Bethell Hospice, but nothing in Mississauga. Heart House Hospice is filling that gap now by offering home palliative care services which allow people to spend their final days at home while still being able to access professional services of the highest calibre. On top of that Heart House Hospice is building for the future by fundraising to build a new facility in the next few years (have a look at their Facebook page to check out some great events they run).
Over the past year I’ve gotten to know the Heart House Hospice team and can say with certainty that if you reach out to them you will find a group of warm, compassionate, and extremely caring people who work hard to serve the needs of those who are living with a life-limiting condition.
Heart house Hospice counsellors make a personal connection with each family who is referred to them. (Anyone who has a prognosis of 1 year or less can access the services of Heart House Hospice) and they get to know the situation and then help them find the right programs and services.
Another great benefit is the fact that everything that they do is free of charge!
But of course as a result they rely heavily on government funding and fundraising efforts. (Shameless plug coming….support Heart House Hospice! They’re amazing!)
Some of their programs include:
Home visiting volunteers – providing respite for family caregivers. They can sit with the patient and provide companionship and support
Children’s counselling – if a family is dealing with how to talk to the children about death, dying, and how to cope with a family member’s illness Heart House Hospice provides experienced counsellors to support these difficult conversations.
Bereavement counselling – many hospice programs and services end when the patient passes away. Heart House Hospice provides ongoing bereavement support, even one-on-one and in the home setting to ensure that those left behind are surrounded with the support that they need.
Although Heart House Hospice does not provide in-patient care, they do run a day programs for participants to receive free of charge alternative therapies (such as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and Aromatherapy with relaxation massage and guided imagery).
If one of your family members is at a point in their life where the services of Heart House Hospice could be a benefit to them, I’d urge you to give them a call – you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for reading and if any of this raised questions for your or if there’s any info missing here that you’re wondering about please send us a note and we’d love to connect directly with you.
And Happy National Hospice Palliative Care week!