On Friday, March 10th, local MLAs, Rich Coleman and Mary Polak were joined by Michael Marchbank, President and CEO of Fraser Health, David Weir, BC Centre for Palliative Care, Mayor Jack Froese, Township of Langley, Robert Carpenter, LHS Board Vice President and Sue Westhaver, Caregiver and LHS Volunteer, to announce that the B.C. Government will provide a five million dollar grant toward the capital costs of our new 15-bed hospice residence. The grant includes three million through the Investment in Housing Innovation Initiative and two million from Fraser Health. These commitments, and the additional funding we’ve received through private donations, and grants through the Township of Langley, and BC Centre for Palliative Care will allow us to proceed with the building permit process and our goal of breaking ground late this summer.
We still have much work to do, and will be looking for community support to help us raise the additional dollars necessary to truly make our new house – a home. Our New Residence Fundraising Committee has a goal of $1,000,000 to help furnish and outfit the new 15-bed residence in order to create a homelike environment for all who enter its doors.
Help Us Make Our House a Home
We need your help to raise the $1,000,000 necessary to furnish and outfit the new hospice residence and create a homelike environment for all who enter its doors.
I wished there were a place for gracious dying,
A high place with a distant view.
Where we could gather for a celebration of life
and death and friendship, old and new.
I’d like a place where there would be good music,
Good food and wine – and laughter, games and fun –
And quiet talk with friends and good discussion
Of what will happen when this life is done.
~ Helen Ansley ~
SUPPORT A NEW 15-BED HOSPICE RESIDENCE FOR LANGLEY
Our goal is to provide a new 15-bed, single storey, free-standing hospice residence for our community that will provide a home-like environment in keeping with the hospice philosophy, and the Langley Hospice Society’s ongoing commitment to ensure access to quality palliative care and support in the community.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
There are many ways you can support this important project for our community.
- Make a one-time gift
- Pledge a larger amount over several years
- Set up a monthly gift
- Donate a product or service
- Invite others to support the project
WAYS TO GIVE
Individual gifts of cash by cheque or credit card are gratefully accepted. Donors may choose to designate their gift to any area of the project they wish.
PAYING TRIBUTE TO LOVED ONES
You can give in your own name, or in honour or memory of a loved one.
BE PART OF MAKING THIS IMPORTANT NEW RESIDENCE A REALITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY
All cash donations are fully tax deductible.
Those who give $1,000 or more will be recognized on our Donor Wall, and donors will be provided with opportunities at different levels to provide for specific spaces, and available naming opportunities.
Visionary: $250,000 — $499,999
Leader: $100,000 — $249,999
Benefactor: $50,000 — $99,999
Patron: $25,000 — $49,999
Champion: $10,000 — $24,999
Supporter: $5,000 — $9,999
Contributor: $1,000 — $4,999
“End of life is a natural part of life for individuals and their families. It should be supported in a compassionate and caring manner. Health care services need to be flexible and focused on maintaining the quality of life so wherever and whenever possible people can spend the final stage of life in their home/community, surrounded by their loved ones, with dignity and respect.”
~ Province of BC, End of Life Action Plan 2013
OUR NEEDS ARE GROWING
BC’s population will grow at an annual rate of 1.3% to 5,229,463 by 2022; and…
- The Lower Mainland, home to more than 60% of the province’s residences in 2013, is expected to see the highest population growth amongst all areas of the province.
- By 2020, Langley’s population is forecasted to grow by 29% (2013).
- There are over 900 deaths in the Langleys each year.
As of March 31, 2016, Langley Hospice had the highest occupancy overall – 92.8% – across the Fraser East region and the second highest for all of Fraser Health. NOTE: This doesn’t measure the number of patients that were transferred to hospices in other communities because of lack of beds. The Province of BC’s End of Life Action Plan was published by the Ministry of Health in 2013. The paper noted that more than ten years ago, the Ministry of Health and physician
HOSPICE IS NOT JUST A BUILDING OR RESIDENCE,
it’s a philosophy of care that provides sensitivity and support for individuals experiencing a terminal illness; that emphasizes comfort, dignity and quality of life; that affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death; and that is available to patients and their families, at home, in the hospital, in the hospice residence or community care facility.
Hospices have derived their success by focusing on what really matters—the patient. In being responsive to patients’ needs, the Langley Hospice Society, in partnership with Fraser Health’s Palliative Care Team, has ensured high quality, compassionate care and support for patients, their families and caregivers. This responsiveness is central to our continued success and the quality of care provided to our community.
Statistical evidence, along with an aging facility that no longer meets Fraser Health’s new and updated End of Life Care Standards, clearly indicates the need for a new hospice residence. A hospice that will provide us with the means to enable individuals, families and caregivers access to good quality all-encompassing palliative and end-of-life care. A hospice that includes private rooms for each resident, a specialized bathing facility, a room specific to bariatric patients, access to common areas and the outdoors — as well as other areas dedicated to family care including a quiet room, sanctuary, family kitchen, and shower and laundry facilities.
COMMUNITY IMPACT OF A NEW HOSPICE RESIDENCE FOR LANGLEY:
A new Hospice Residence built and operated by the Langley Hospice Society in partnership with the Fraser Health Palliative Care Team will:
- increase our community bed-count to 15 private rooms—an increase of 5 beds from the 10 semi-private rooms currently available in the interim residence.
- include the addition of Langley’s first bariatric room so that these patients can access palliative care in their home community instead of being transferred elsewhere.
- save the health care system up to $476,000 annually with better patient flow out of acute care, and decrease waitlists to access the Langley Hospice Residence.
It is estimated that compared to acute care, hospice-based palliative care may save the health care system approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per patient.
OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Langley’s new 15-bed, free-standing Hospice Residence will be home-like, with its own specialized bathing facilities, broader access for patients and their families to common areas, the outdoors and other comforts that can ease the end-of-life journey for loved ones and their families.
COMMON & SUPPORT AREAS
A cozy inviting space for families and residents to socialize and relax. A perfect spot for sharing memories, celebrating a milestone or simply, spending a moment in time with loved ones.
LIBRARY & FAMILY COMPUTER STATION—$50,000
The library will provide access to free resource information for families as well as the support service information provided by Langley Hospice Society. Also available 24/7 is a computer station for families to access at their leisure.
Private support services for anticipatory, early and ongoing grief support for patients and their families.
Whether it be a special meal or just a sweet treat, the kitchen is available for families to prepare home cooked meals, grab a snack, or brew a cup of coffee or tea.
Families and patients can enjoy a meal together, celebrate a special event or simply relax over a cup of tea.
COURTYARD GARDEN DEDICATION—$500,000
Patients will be able to access the outdoors in this wheelchair and bed accessible outdoor oasis that allows patients and families to enjoy the natural environment.
Outdoor covered area for patients and families.
WATER FEATURES (2)—$2,500/each
The soothing sounds of water offer a serene and calming environment for patients and families.
Benches will be located throughout the grounds offering quiet places to rest, enjoy nature and the surrounding gardens.
FAMILY PATIO FURNITURE SET (2)—$2,500/each
The patio area will create a peaceful place for families to gather outdoors.
PATIENT ROOMS (15) – $75,000 ea.
Each patient suite will include a private washroom, sleeper sofa for families, desk, TV, mini fridge as well as access to an outdoor patio exclusive to each suite. A home away from home.
THERAPEUTIC SPA ROOM—$75,000
The spa tub promotes a sense of wellbeing for patients as a warm bath eases the muscles and relaxes the mind.
PATIENT COMFORT CARE—$25,000
This area is where families can retrieve a warm blanket, ice water or other patient comforts for their loved one.
PERSONAL PATIENT CARE PACKAGES —$5,000 annually
Provide the comforts of home with new pj’s, cozy slippers, grooming items, toiletries, etc.
Assist LHS Volunteers with tea and goodies for it’s weekly ‘high’ tea service. Our volunteers bring a tea cart around to each patent for their enjoyment.
FAMILY QUIET ROOM—$50,000
A welcoming place for families to come together for a moment of reflection or quiet time.
A spiritual space that offers a serene location for families to draw strength and comfort from their faith and each other.
FAMILY CONSULT ROOM—$50,000
A private area for families and loved ones to meet and confer with medical and other supports as needed.
This room is for families and patients to gather, visit or work on a jigsaw puzzle together. Access to an outside family patio as well as a small children’s play area will also be located here.
Laundry facility for families wishing to launder their own or their loved ones personal belongings.
A full service commercial kitchen for patients where customized meals are made from scratch.
Full service commercial laundry & linen storage facilities to ensure patients have fresh linens when needed.
In addition to providing a donation recognizable on our donor wall, donors may also name the hospice residence itself, one of the wings or the outdoor courtyard.
HOSPICE RESIDENCE DEDICATION—$1,000,000
PATIENT CARE WING—$750,000
A pdf of the full campaign brochure can be downloaded. Click here.
A pdf donation form can be downloaded for mailed, or faxed, donations. Click here.
Our board and staff would be happy to speak with you about any aspect of this project.
Please contact us:
Phone: (604) 530-1115
Shannon Todd Booth
Communications and Funds Development Manager
Phone: (604) 530-1115