The fate of hospice service in Fort Saskatchewan rests in the hands of Alberta Health Services (AHS).
The Heartland Community Hospice Foundation met with AHS on establishing better hospice care in the area and are now waiting to hear back.
“We made sure we were heard and they did hear us loud and clear, so we’re very optimistic for what is coming in the future,” said Heartland Community Hospice Foundation board secretary, Michelle Johnston.
Fort Saskatchewan does not have a hospice facility. Patients needing hospice care are currently sent to the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital, while others utilize home care services. The closest actual facility is in Edmonton or surrounding areas.
“82 patients died in the Fort hospital last year that should of either been in hospice or home care if they could have been,” noted Johnston.
The foundation recently posted on their Facebook page, asking people what they would want in a hospice room. They heard many personal stories in response.
“A lady suffering with cancer, who is going to be needing a bed soon and wanting a place for her family to come and be with her and be comfortable, those are the kind of people we hope to help,” said Johnston.
Hospice just isn’t for the patient, it’s for the families as well.
For more information visit their website, where you can also become a member.
The foundation was founded two years ago and is volunteer based.