A group of Moose Jaw citizens hope to bring dignity and respect to those in hospice.
An 11 member committee is in the preliminary stages of the Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw. The group does not have staff, a location or a facility, but board member David Howick told the Moose Jaw Times-Herald that there are doctors and nurses who are interested in joining the staff.
“Our ultimate goal is to have a hospice, but we are far from it at this point, to be honest, “ said Howick. “Right now our mission is to offer compassionate, holistic care to those who are dying — and their families — and our vision is to educate and promote the idea of having a hospice."
Howick said there is only one hospice in all of Saskatchewan, located in Regina and there is a great need for another one in the province.
“Just for an example, the town where I grew up in, in Ontario –a town of 100, 000 people and it had two hospices," said Howick.
If the hospice is developed, it will rely on a full-time staff, but will be much different than a hospital.
“It’s not even like a long-term care home, really,” he said. “It’s set up with an environment that is very lending to a home setting, with options that allow for interaction — for care of the patients but also the families.”
To get the project off the ground, Howick said the upcoming public meeting on May 7 at the Heritage Inn is crucial. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be an opportunity for the planning committee to share where they are at in the planning stages with the community.
For more information on the potential hospice visit heartlandhospice.ca