Langley Hospice Announcement
Written by Daphne Williscroft, Director, Clinical Operations, Palliative Care Program

A new hospice in Langley will provide people living their last stage of life with comfort and support.

Photo: Minister Rich Coleman, Minster Mary Polak and Mayor Jack Froese, Township of Langley, with representatives from Fraser Health, the Langley Hospice Society and the BC Centre for Palliative Care at the funding announcement for a new 15-bed hospice in Langley.

The new 15-bed hospice, which will be built in partnership with the Langley Hospice Society and BC Housing, will provide hospice care focusing on quality of living and dying. The new, free standing hospice will replace the current 10-bed hospice in the Maple Hill Residential Care building on the Langley Memorial Hospital grounds.

Palliative care recognizes death as a normal part of life and strives to prepare patients and their families so people can die on their own terms. The journey someone goes through prior to entering hospice care can be emotionally and physically difficult. It’s important to have specialized care designed to provide support to patients and their loved ones during an advanced illness.

Our care providers and staff recognize the health of the whole person - physically, emotionally and spiritually - and manage symptoms to relieve what is most troublesome for them, whether that’s pain management, fatigue or depression. This personalized approach to care is one of the goals of our palliative team.

At the new hospice in Langley, staff will provide health care needs along with specialized palliative symptom management. Other staff will include a spiritual health practitioner, palliative clinical pharmacist and clinical nurse specialist. Langley Hospice Society volunteers will support hospice patients and families on site daily.

The Langley Hospice Society will fund the construction of the new hospice with BC Housing financing the mortgage costs and Fraser Health funding the cost of operations for the hospice. Construction of the building will start in the summer 2017 with patients and families accessing the beds in 2019.

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