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We Are Here for You During Covid 19

Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, disconnected, lonely? Covid 19 presents all of us with some unique challenges.

Hospice is here for you. If you would appreciate a conversation about a loss, call Grief & Bereavement Coordinator, Bill Harder at 780.608.0636 for a personal phone, video-chat, or in-office consultation.

If you are struggling with the isolation resulting from Covid 19, call Volunteer Coordinator, Joy LeBlanc, at 587.322.9269 to connect by phone to a Hospice Volunteer.

Being a Caregiver at Home During the Covid Crisis
If you are a personal or professional caregiver, check out these resources to keep your tank filled:

TEND Academy is Canada's premier source for information on caregiver wellness and compassion fatigue. The links below provide articles on staying well as caregivers during Covid 19
Other caregiver wellness articles:
Other Covid 19 Resources:For Businesses and Non-profits
  • Alberta Biz ConnectWorkplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely
From Alberta Health Services:
Be Prepared in the Time of Covid 19
What If I Get Seriously Ill with Covid 19
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About Us

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Hospice Office

Hospice's office space is located at
5415-49 Ave, Camrose.


We are in the lower level of
the Mirror Lake Center.
Access is via the south-side lower-level entrance (facing the lake).

The space is available for program functions,
meetings, and one-on-one consultations.

Stop in for coffee or tea and chat about accessing Hospice support, how you can change lives as a Hospice volunteer, or any questions you may have about our work in east-central Alberta.

Call ahead to be sure we're in:
Bill Harder - 780.608.0636
Joy LeBlanc - 587.322.9269
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Phone, Email, Post, or Text

If you have questions or comments please give us a call or send us a note - we are glad to hear from you.

program@camrosehospice.com
P: 780.608.0636
Mail: Box 1891, Camrose AB, T4V 1X8
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Nav-CARE

The goal of NavCare is to improve the quality of life of older rural persons with advanced chronic illness via:
 
  • Navigation services
  • Community partnerships
  • Coordinated access to services and resources
  • Promotion of active engagement of older adults. 

Utilizing trained volunteers, the outcome of NavCare is that navigation services provide individuals with social support, education, and connection to resources in the community to help improve their quality of life and remain in their communities.

Check out the Nav-CARE video 
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HSCD Resource Library

Located at the HSCD office in the lower level of the Mirror Lake Centre, our resource library is a one-stop shop for topics related to palliative/end-of-life care, grief and bereavement, and caregiver concerns. Browse books, DVD’s, and pamphlets for adults and children (click here to view our children's grief books)

No registration or fees are involved. Simply fill in the library clipboard with the material title, your name and contact info, and the date borrowed. No late fees – keep the materials as long as you need them, and return them when you are done.

Before I Die Digital Wall

If you would like to write on our digital Before I Die... wall, leave a note below and we will post it on our virtual wall (click here to see our wall).

All submissions will be anonymous, and will be posted next day. Please keep your submission to one line.
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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Twice-monthly Lunch 'n Learn

Tune in to our Facebook page on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at noon for Lunch "n Learn. We will be interviewing guest speakers on a variety of Hospice topics, including:
  • Being with someone who is dying (Beverly Drever, Aug 5)
  • Grief over animal companions (Lyndel Drever, Aug 19)
  • Palliative care approach and the palliative care team
  • Green sleeves and your Advance Care Plan
  • Child grief supports 
  • Hospice programs 
  • Death and laughter 
  • Impact of social isolation 

...and many others. We look forward to seeing you (virtually). 

Programs From Our Colleagues 

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Wetaskiwin Rainbows, Sunbeams, and Prism

"Rainbows for All Children Canada is the largest national non-profit organization committed to helping children and teens grieve and grow after loss. Rainbows has served with more than 3 million youth since 1983. By partnering with schools, hospitals and social service agencies we provide support when they need it, where they need it, right in their communities." (Rainbows Website)

Wetaskiwin Community Learning Program is offering the Rainbows programs. If you know a grieving child who would appreciate support call
P: 780-352-7257
or e: info@wetaskiwinlearning.ca

Read an article from the Wetaskiwin Times
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Service Options for Seniors

The SOS Program (Senior Options for Seniors Society) mission is to assist seniors and their support networks to access needed programs, services and supports, this way seniors can sustain their independence.

SOS is a charitable society under the Alberta Society's Act
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Camrose/Wetaskiwin Primary Care Networks

Hospice Society of Camrose and District is pleased to be a partner with the Camrose and Wetaskiwin Primary Care Networks in providing palliative and grief supports to East-central Alberta.

Check out the PCN's excellent websites for more on their home health programs.

www.wetaskiwinpcn.ca/
www.camrosepcn.com
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Saying Goodbye

Are you grieving?
Everybody deserves the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones, even in an unprecedented crisis such as COVID-19. There have been many heartbreaking stories of families who were unable to say goodbye due to restrictions on end-of-life visitations. As a result of these restrictions during the pandemic, many people who have lost a loved one have not been able to say goodbye, visit, and in many cases have a funeral or celebration of life.

AHPCA supports the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association's wish to acknowledge the grief so many Canadians have experienced during these unprecedented times. CHPCA is recognizing Canadians' grief by holding an online concert in conjunction with National Bereavement Day. If you would like to honour your loved one who has passed and add your loved one's name to be streamed during the event, please fill out the submission form here. Please share this invitation with your friends, family and colleagues.

The deadline for all submissions for the National Bereavement Day, Saying Goodbye Concert is August 17, 2020. The concert will take place on November 15, 2020.

Click here for more info

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Battle River Rock and Gravel

Thank you to Ross and Myra Penner for their generous support of Hospice.
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Safeway Sobeys

Thank you to the people of Safeway Sobeys for sponsorship of the Men's Cooking Circle food costs for the next year! Hospice is pleased to partner with Safeway Sobeys in this unique and much appreciated program.
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Alberta Government: Community Initiatives Program

Thank you to the people of Alberta, Community Initiatives Program Funding, for providing  $60k in operating funds through Alberta lotteries funds for the 2019-2020 budget.
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Camrose County

Thank you to the people of Camrose County council for their support of our recent Child-Grief Support Training. 50 people from across the area participated in a 2-day training aimed at providing tools to support children and teens experiencing grief.
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Battle River Community Foundation

Thank you to the people of Battle River Community Foundation for supporting HSCD volunteer training and new program endeavors in 2020. Aa well, BRCF provided $2000 in Covid funding for the purchase of iPads to use with isolated elders.
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Wildrose Co-op

Thank you to the people of Wildrose Co-op for choosing Hospice as the recipient of silent auction funds from the Camrose Agro Centre grand opening. Co-op customers donated over $9000 to the silent auction in 2019.
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Battle River Watershed Alliance

Thank you to the people of Battle River Watershed Alliance for supplying food, speaker, and bagpipes for our 2019 Hike for Hospice. As well, BRWSA is a daily collaborative partner with Hospice as we share office space in Mirror Lake Centre.
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Windsor Plywood Camrose

Thank you to the people of Windsor Plywood for committing to supplying the materials, and building, our Spring Symposium "Before I Die" wall.

Donna Lynne Erickson

Bereavement & Grief Workshop co-facilitator, author, and comedian Donna Lynne Erickson is a long-time friend of Hospice. Her recent book, "The Funny Thing About Death: Changing our 'No Tears, Please' Culture'" is available on Amazon.

Donna Lynne is donating $5 from every book sold at her workshops to HSCD. Ten thousand thanks for the work you do Donna Lynne - the world needs your compassion and laughter.
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Federal Government: New Horizons for Seniors

Thank you to the people of Canada, through the New Horizons for Seniors federal funding program, for providing  $11k in funds for our volunteer training and implementation in 2020.
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Flagstaff County

Thank you to the people of Flagstaff County council for their support of rural palliative/grief care in the county of Flagstaff.
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Community Foundations of Canada

Thank you to the people of the Community Foundations of Canada for funding $5500 for the purchase of computer equipment and iPads for our "No Longer Lonely - Building Digital Connection" program.
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Alberta Knights of Columbus Foundation

Thank you to the people of the Alberta Knights of Columbus Foundation for their gift of $1000 to support the programs of Hospice

What is Hospice?

Thank you to hospicebasics.com for creating this excellent video explaining the essentials of hospice care.




















 

Hospice by the Numbers - 2019

4600: Number of times Hospice programs were accessed
2900: Volunteer hours donated to Hospice
1560: Number of individuals  accessing Hospice programs
650: Individuals accessing educational programs
900+:  Number of times grief programs were accessed

12: Programs offered
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