British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association
The BC Hospice Palliative Care Association is a not-for-profit, membership organization, which has been representing individuals and organizations committed to promoting and delivering hospice/palliative care to British Columbians since 1986. Our Members provide a broad range of services to British Columbians who are dying and to their loved ones who are grieving; BCHPCA Members provide these services in all regions of the Province.
Thirty-two thousand people die in BC annually which conservatively affects over 160,000 British Columbians. For over 25 years, British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association has acted as the collective voice in BC and Yukon by providing strategic leadership and advocating for hospice palliative care. Our members provide a broad range of services to patients, families, caregivers and communities.
In BC as is elsewhere there are five different organizational structures.
- Community based hospice palliative care: This program does not have a facility of its own, other than an office. The program centers around the client, whether he/she is in the home or in a health facility; using a multidiscipline team approach to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support for the client and the family. Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley will begin using this model.
- Hospital based: This is a unit, floor or wing within the hospital specifically allocated for the terminally ill patient to die in, if he/she so chooses; for symptom management and for respite. It may have a totally independent staff or have staff members who rotate from the main floor. In Invermere we have a single palliative care room attached to a regular hospital room (rooms 6 & 7) at the end of the urgent care hallway.
- Hospital based team: This team has no designated place in the hospital but there will be a specific number of designated beds scattered throughout the hospital to be used for palliative patients. Patient care is given by the regular staff on that area, and the team sees the patient on a daily basis, making suggestions for care as they assess the need. This is how the palliative room is attended in Invermere.
- Hospice Bed: This is a bed designated in a location outside of a hospital. The multidisciplinary team used for the community base is utilized here as well. Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is working to secure a Hospice Bed in the coming year.
- Free-standing Hospice: The free-standing hospice is housed in its own building and served by a multidisciplinary team. A 6-12 bed hospice is a long term goal for the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley.
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