Room enhancements are well underway at Hospice at Ayre Manor, a new two-bed community hospice space that will provide care and support to individuals nearing the end of their lives and to their loved ones.
The development of Hospice at Ayre Manor will also provide Sooke residents with improved access to the full range of end-of-life care services of which dedicated hospice care beds are one component. This includes access to timely end-of-life services such as coordinated clinical and social supports provided by Island Health’s Community Care teams and community partners, including the Sooke Hospice Society (SHS). Together, a range of home-based palliative care services are provided to individuals by registered nurses, home support workers and Sooke Hospice Society volunteers.
In January 2017, the Province announced $7.125 million to create new hospice beds in communities around British Columbia, make improvements to current spaces, and support best practices in the palliative approach to care as well as advance care planning, working through the BC Centre for Palliative Care. This included $50,000 toward two new hospice beds at Ayre Manor.
“Our patients at end-of-life have specific needs. This care model and investment allows us to care for them and their families in an empathetic, respectful way,” said Lois Cosgrave, Island Health’s director of End-of-Life Care. “We appreciate the support from the committee members and partner organizations whose hard work helped bring this project to fruition.”
The service model for the hospice space was jointly developed by Island Health and the local Sooke Hospice and Sooke Elderly Citizens’ Housing Society (SECHS) and investing in Ayre Manor is part of Island Health’s commitment to the provincial government as it aims to double the number of hospice spaces by 2020; increasing beds on Vancouver Island from 32 to 64.
“SHS is delighted to have a local facility for hospice care.” said Pat Brooks, Sooke Hospice Society Board Chair. “We are committed to support residents in our region so they may receive palliative services in the community they call home.”
In addition to providing families with clinical supports and end-of-life care, the new Arye Manor hospice spaces will include private wings with large rooms, ensuite private bathrooms and a comfortable area for families to gather.
“SECHS has been serving the residents of Sooke and area since early 1980 with Independent Subsidized rental housing,” said Sandy Pedneault, SECHS Board Chair. “In 2008, assisted living and complex care were added to the “campus of care” at Ayre Manor. Adding Hospice services now completes the circle of housing and care options that are offered on the Ayre Manor property. Our care team have received training in the special care of hospice families, and we look forward to receiving our first patients.”
Island Health has developed an end-of-life care plan and will continue to work on enhancements to a range of end-of-life care programs and services, including beds throughout its service area. The plan is part of a long-term vision that recognizes community based end-of-life care services are a priority for many communities within Island Health’s region.