Hospice offers a welcoming atmosphere

QDHPCA is a charity designed to assist those with life-thrteatening illnesses and end-of-life care

Barb Watson’s commitment to hospice stems from great care her mother received.

The Quesnel and District Hospice Palliative Care Association is a volunteer organization which has been operating in Quesnel for the last 30 years and for the last six years the Hospice has been opening its doors to individuals and their families who need quality care when faced with life threatening illnesses, end of life care and bereavement support.

I spoke with Barbara Watson who is the vice president and she told me that she wants to help this ministry because her mother was able to die in peace and comfort . This lady felt comfortable and the staff were very kind and she was happy in the building.

My husband was cared for at Hospice when we needed respite. We found the same welcoming atmosphere and care. There is generally a good balance between the local physicians and the Hospice staff but QDHPCA is working on getting  a reduction in rates for those who cannot pay the $33 per day charged by Northern Health.

Make a note of the Dinner and Auction to take place on Nov. 21.  We may all need the support of palliative care and hospice services so lets come out and support at all their events.

A year after my husband, Earle Gillard died I invited our friends to honour him again at a tea in my home and we raised $200 towards this worthy organization.

QDHPCA is a registered charity and the Hospice unit is located at 900 St. Laurent Ave and is open 24 hours a day.

Marian Gillard is a seniors advocate and regular Observer columnist.