Merritt Hospice volunteers provide support through visitation and companionship for individuals and families who are facing a terminal illness. Volunteers visit in the home, hospital or care facility, offering companionship, respite, and practical assistance. The focus is on making the last stages of life comfortable for both the client and their loved ones.
Home and Community Care automatically refer their palliative care clients to Hospice for support. Referrals can also be made by family, friends, hospital or long-term care staff, or the client themselves.
The Hospice Coordinator will meet with the client/family to discuss how the program works and how it might best serve the client's needs and wishes. Should the client/family agree to receive Hospice services, a specific volunteer will be assigned to support the family throughout the journey. There is no charge for Hospice services.
For more Information call Merritt Hospice at 250 280-4040
Interior Health Authority operates two Palliative Care suites at Gillis House in Merritt. These rooms are used for End of Life Care, for short-term admission for pain and symptom control, or for scheduled respite care to provide relief for home caregivers.
As per provincial policy, there is a charge for this service.
Arrangements for the use of these rooms are made through Home & Community Care Nursing at 250-378- 3409.