Identity Statement – Who Prairie Hospice Is:
|Mission||Working to ensure access to compassionate, community based, end of life support wherever people call home|
|Purpose||Enhance quality of life at the end of life|
|Who?||Individuals and their families in Saskatoon|
|Who’s behind it all?||
Hospice is … a place, …
a program, and …
a philosophy of care.
Hospice Care is an international movement devoted to end-of-life care. Many studies have identified that a large majority of patients prefer to die at home if the resources are available to support their choice. Sadly, the majority of natural deaths are still taking place in hospitals. The needs of these people would be better served by receiving support in homes or in a hospice setting.
Prairie Hospice Society Inc. began in 2011 with a heroic effort to purchase a building on Queen Street to begin hospice care in Saskatoon. Sadly, the bid lost, but that opportunity kick-started a wave of support. A community visioning session held on November 17, 2011 provided the opportunity to openly discuss what hospice care in Saskatoon should look like and how we should proceed. Many voices expressed the strong desire for hospice services in Saskatoon.
With the January 2013 launch of our “Hospice Without Walls” community outreach program, our volunteers rapidly began making a difference for the people of Saskatoon.
It takes a community to ensure compassionate and practical care in our end of life journey. Hospice represents a shared concern and a renewed effort to ensure that those in our community who are dying and their families feel welcome and cared for.
The Society is funded by its members, board and interested donors and does not receive any funding from government or the health care system. We do, however, work very closely with the Saskatoon Health Region for referrals to those who need our services and to advocate for a seamless care system for those in palliative care.
Prairie Hospice Society came into being in 2011 with the goal of meeting the needs of people who were receiving palliative care and their families. Since that time our volunteers have poured over 20,000 hours into the care of those with a terminal diagnosis.
That’s what we’re about – Home … Compassion … Support.
For more information on our origins, download Hospice in Saskatoon Visioning Session Nov 17.