The Prince George Hospice Palliative Care Society (PGHPCS) is developing a Hospice at Home program. This program will provide expert hospice care to those who choose to die at home.
PGHPCS says that when people wish to die in their homes, near the end they often end up in emergency rooms and die in the hospital due to various reasons.
The PGHPCS would like to expand its service to those that wish to die at home and provide home hospice care. The only other hospice which provides this care is Victoria Hospice.
PGHPCS said that in 2017 in Prince George:
- 47.5 per cent of people died in Hospital
- 20 per cent died at home
- 10 per cent died in Hospice; the remainder died in long term care homes
PGHPCS says the Hospice at Home program is non-government funded and so the society will continue to seek community support for the program but anticipates starting in the fall of 2022.
PGHPCS has been providing grief and bereavement services to the community of Prince George since 1987.
In May 1995, the Rotary Hospice House (RHH) admitted its first guest and was the first Hospice House in B.C.
Since then, PGHPCS has been committed to leading hospice care both provincially and nationally.
The Rotary Hospice House currently provides care to over 230 guests per year, supporting over 1400 of their friends and family.