Hospice Quinte Services

Hospice Quinte is committed to offering support for individuals facing a life-threatening illness to help them live with comfort, meaning, dignity, and hope. Our visiting hospice program provides respite for caregivers and a volunteer to visit with hospice palliative care patients. We serve patients who are in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness. We visit in homes, hospital, and long term care facilities. Hospice Quinte provides a volunteer visiting program to people who are in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness. They will visit with a patient to provide respite to caregivers so they can attend to their own needs. Our volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed. They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient and their family, friends, and caregivers. Hospice Quinte Volunteers are trained and understand the importance of dignity, independence, confidentiality, beliefs, choices, faith and culture. These services are provided free of charge.

Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved. Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A “family” is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends. An important objective of palliative care is relief of pain and other symptoms. Palliative care meets not only physical needs, but also psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family. Palliative care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Palliative care services help people in later life who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity. Quality hospice palliative care neither hastens death or prolongs life. The goal of hospice palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.

Caregiver Support

Drop In Caregiver Support groups assist those who are caring for someone with a terminal illness.  Currently they are held on the first and third Wednesday afternoons of each month at the Hospice Quinte office in Belleville.  Topics covered include coming to terms with what is happening, caring for yourself, building support networks, and giving physical care.

This group offers support and comfort to individuals who are caring for loved ones with a life threatening illness. Many caregivers need a place where they can freely express their feelings, concerns, and challenges in a safe and confidential environment. This program offers a place for you and others to receive this vital support.

You must register to join this group.

For more information contact:

Paul Martin

Education and Support Services Coordinator

[email protected]

Bereavement Support

Our Grief Toolbox support groups run for eight consecutive weeks.  These groups are for anyone 18 or older who has suffered the loss of a loved one, whether that loved one be a child, a young person, parent, sibling, a close relative, friend, neighbour, or work colleague. The groups are closed, which means that the same group members attend for all eight weeks and no new members join.  The two hour sessions are structured and cover key topics such as understanding the grief experience, handling the difficult emotions of grief, managing the stress of change, preparing for special occasions, and finding meaning after loss.  With compassionate and helpful care, grieving persons can find themselves enriched by the experience of a bereavement support group.

For more information contact:

Paul Martin

Education and Support Services Coordinator

[email protected]