Letters to the Editor

Hospice provides vital service

Dear Sir:

Diana Penner’s column, “Trouble for baby boomers is looming”, in the Aug. 22, 2012 edition of The Terrace Standard, ends with the question/challenge – “How are we doing?”

We are the Terrace Hospice Society and this is how we meet a particular need within our community’s aging population.

Terrace Hospice Society is a non-profit organization in the Terrace community which will soon be celebrating 20 years of providing compassionate care to individuals near the end of life and support to bereaved individuals.

Due to increased lifespan and the large baby boomer population, we are experiencing increasing demands for our services.

Terrace Hospice provides training for its volunteers and these individuals provide end of life care such as:

- comfort and emotional support;

- respite for caregivers;

- transportation to/from appointments;

- running errands for clients and light housekeeping tasks;

- healing touch;

- spiritual support if requested;

The society also supports bereaved individuals in the community by providing one to one volunteer visits, grief support group counselling with a professional grief counsellor and provision of literature and audio/visual aids from our lending library.

Terrace Hospice Society provides hospice services for all age groups but we find that most of our clients are seniors.

We are a volunteer organization and our services are an integral healthcare component of an “age friendly” community.

If you or someone you know would like to obtain/inquire about our services, please call us at 250-635-4811 or visit us at #207 4650 Lazelle Avenue.

Penny Dobbin,

Terrace Hospice Society,

Terrace, BC

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