Is my diagnosis correct?
What is Palliative care?
How much time?
What will I experience?
How will my family and I cope?


It's About Quality of Life

If you have been living with, or have recently received a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, you may be asking questions like those above. One meeting with a doctor can turn our whole lives upside down if that consultation includes news of a serious diagnosis.

The Hospice Society of Camrose & District is here as a support for you and your family as you seek quality of life in the face of a life-limiting illness. You have our compassion as you steer your way along unfamiliar paths.

Click the GREEN button below if you would like to access our trained palliative care volunteers. Hospice volunteers provide support to those with a life-limiting illness, and their families. Hospice care is available in hospitals, long-term care centers, and in your home. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Patty Schulte, at 780.226.6743 or by email for more information. 
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Hospice palliative care strives to help Individuals and families:
  • Address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears.
  • Prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process.
  • Cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.

Hospice palliative care is appropriate for any patient and/or family living with, or at risk of developing, a life-threatening illness due to any diagnosis, with any prognosis, regardless of age, and at any time they have unmet expectations and/or needs, and are prepared to accept care.”
(A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care. © Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Ottawa, Canada, 2002.)

Access Your Local Home Care

You may access Alberta Home Care, without referral, to receive support for chronic and palliative illness.

Please click on the GREEN button below for more information. 
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Plan Well

Welcome to the Plan Well planning guide. This website is meant to help you learn more about serious illness decision making, and making sure that you get the medical care that's right for you.

This planning guide was developed by Dr. Daren Heyland, a critical care physician and researcher who has been studying communication and decision-making when patients are seriously ill for more than 20 years. Our goal is to help you understand the different types of medical treatments offered, and with knowledge, help you communicate what’s important to you, so that you can share that information with your loved ones and your health care team.

Seniors' Centre Without Walls

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A seniors’ centre from the comfort of your own home! This Edmonton PCN program offers a variety of interactive telephone-based social and health programming, free of charge. Provides opportunities to socialize, learn new skills and stay connected. New series of participant-selected topics every four months. Program funded in part by the Government of Canada`s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Learn more


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Engaging Hope

This video reflects the hope experience of male spouses of women with breast cancer. It was funded by Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Prairies/NWT.


Advance Care Planning can be an emotional subject. Oftentimes it is not explored early enough in life, leading to anxiety or regret in the event of a sudden health incident.

But thanks to a new animated video featuring Tara Shannon's 'SAY', Advance Care Planning in Canada is able to showcase the importance of proactive planning. The goal was to "highlight the importance of having these conversations and show that it doesn’t have to be seen as something that is difficult or overwhelming to talk about thanks to ACP’s streamlined and accessible approach" says Brendan Huza, producer of the video.

Tara Shannon and co-writer Hayley McLean penned the song 'SAY' in support of Advance Care Planning in Canada's #SpeakUp campaign. The lyrics encourage people across Canada and beyond our borders to have important conversations with their loved ones. It is important to never assume what care our family, friends and loved ones would like to receive in the event of an accident or illness. Take the time to speak up and talk about what matters most to you.

Living with Hope

The information in this video reflects the findings of a University of Saskatchewan research study on the hope experience of terminally ill patients and their families. This video was funded by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and produced by Media Access and Production (eMAP) at the University of Saskatchewan.

Palliative approach to Care – You are a bridge

This video animation compares palliative care to the foundation of a bridge. While illness may weaken the foundation, the palliative care team provides a stronger layer of support.

The following definition of palliative care was taken from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care “Norms of Practice”:

“Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying."

Benefits of early palliative Approach to care

Moving On

Music Video for Moving On, the next single from James. A powerful exposè exploring dying, death, and living.

Bill's Story Let's Talk Series

Bill's Story - talking together - Facing death and dying This short film explores the important role that friends and neighbours have in supporting someone who is seriously ill and their family. Health Promoting Palliative Care works with communities as people care for and support each other. Be United because united we make a difference.

When a Child is Seriously Ill: Living Each Day

Kimberley Widger, MN PhD candidate, and research scientist from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, shares stories of seriously ill children, how they approach end of life and their determination to live each day.

Online Resources

Scroll down for information on the following:
  • Cancer-related Resources
  • Counselling Resources
  • Hospice and Palliative Information
  • Caregiver Information
  • Prepared Meals
  • Travel Accommodation
  • Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
  • Community Resources 

Cancer-related Resources

Counselling Resources:

Camrose & District Support Services Help Book – counselling services in Camrose and Area

Hospice and Palliative Care Approach Information:

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Advanced Care Planning

My Health Alberta

Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Canadian Virtual Hospice


Hospice Foundation of America

International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care

Caregiver Information:

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Family Caregiving: national initiative providing resources for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals involved with end-of-life care in Canada

Difficult Conversations:
Finding A Path Through Illness

Caregivers Alberta

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Youth space

Prepared Meals:

Bashaw Meals on Wheels
Contact: Sarah Unsworth, 780-372-4074,

Camrose Meals on Wheels (Home Support Services)
Contact: 780-672-0141

Homemade Meals 4 You

Daysland Meals on Wheels, Daysland Health Center
Contact: 780-374-3746

Killam Meals on Wheels
Contact: Joan Hill, 780-385-3741

Tofield/Ryley Meals on Wheels
Tofield: 662-7067      Ryley: 663-2011

Viking/Holden/Beaver County East Meals on Wheels
Viking/Beaver Office: 780-336-4024
Holden Office: 780-688-3928

Westaskiwin Meals on Wheels (Home Support Services)
Contact: 780-361-4425

Travel Accommodation:

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

FCSS provides a variety of services, depending on the location, to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Many of these services are geared to seniors, as well as to those with a life-limiting illness, regardless of age.

For a list of specific regional supports contact the FCSS nearest you.

Camrose and District Support Services

East Central Region FCSS Contact List (by community)

Living at Home Resources:

AHS Home Care (choose location on right side menu)

AHS Palliative Care (choose location on right side menu)

Wainwright FCSS Living at Home Program
The Living at Home Program helps maintain basic home cleaning, prepare meals and/or grocery shopping, assisting seniors to remain living independently.

The program serves seniors residing in Chauvin, Edgerton and Irma, rural areas of the MD of Wainwright and within the Town of Wainwright.
The program is delivered by L@H Assistants who are reliable and responsible individuals who have been carefully screened and hired for their caring attitude towards people as well as their practical experience.

Service is provided on the basis of need. The fee is up to $17 per hour based on income. For more information on this rate, please contact the Wainwright & District FCS office.

Community Resources Available for Your Support:
Tofield Handi-Van Society
An accessible affordable transportation option for Tofield and Area.
Regular Shuttle Service with-in Tofield-Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:00 am-2:30 pm.
Coupon Book available…$20 for 5 shuttle coupons. Private bookings are available at $1.00 per km and the hourly wage of the driver. The Handi-Van seats 18, or 14 with 4 wheelchairs. Please call for more information or to book the shuttle: 780-662-3269

Viking Handi-Van Society
Residents in the Viking and Kinsella area can obtain service of the Viking Handi-Van. The bus seats 12 people, plus has room for 3 wheelchairs.
The current rate is; $50 booking fee, $1.00 per kilometer, plus $40 per hour, which includes the driver. A shuttle service for seniors and residents with disabilities in Viking runs one day per week at a rate of $5 per person. This shuttle service also includes transportation to and from Kinsella. For more information contact: Kerri Davis (780) 385-1757

Alzheimer's Caregiver's Support Group
Contact: Tena Lansing (Crossroads Day Program Manager)
Phone: (780) 679-3046
Phone Alt: (780)679-3045
Address: 4612-53 St. Camrose, AB T4V 1Y6
Meeting Place: Rosehaven Care Centre-2nd Floor Multipurpose Room Description: If you are caring for a loved one who has memory loss and you are their primary caregiver, this group will provide support and resource ideas.
Regular Meeting: 3rd Thursday of every month 1:30 pm

Rose City Handivan Society
Contact: Dale Debnam (Coordinator)
Phone: 780-672-8777
Address: 5415 - 49 Ave. Camrose, AB T4V 0N6
Description: Specialized transportation for people with: mobility aids (wheelchairs/walker); senior citizens with physical disability, cognitive and/or developmental disability who cannot use typical transportation.

Service Options for Seniors (SOS)
Phone: 780-672-4131, toll free: 1-866-672-4131
Address: #102, 4909A-48 St, Camrose, T4V 1L7
Description: Located in Camrose, SOS provides information to Seniors and their support networks in the Central Alberta Region.
This website is intended to assist family members of seniors, and seniors in accessing information from a variety of sources on programs and services offered.