What We Do
The society promotes the provision of quality care to persons and their families living with a life threatening illness in the Strait Richmond area. The Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society supports care to ease suffering and distress with the goal of maximum quality of life until death occurs. This work includes:
- Financial assistance to professionals and volunteers for education.
- Cover costs of equipment and supply needs of patients.
- Organize bereavement followup and support groups.
- Maintain the Strait Richmond Hospital Memory Garden.
- Provide comfort spaces for families in Strait Richmond Hospital.
- Support homelike atmosphere in two patient rooms at Strait Richmond Hospital.
The origin of the Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society goes back to 1981 when staff members at the Strait Richmond Hospital identified a need to have optimum palliative care provision closer to home. Volunteers were recruited. To quote the Strait Richmond palliative care coordinator at the time, "The start of palliative care at Strait Richmond Hospital began with one caring volunteer meeting the needs of one terminally ill patient". In 1994 a group of twelve community members organized and formed the Strait Richmond Palliative Care Society.