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Land Acknowledgment

Land Acknowledgment

We formally recognize the unique and enduring relationship between this land and the Indigenous Peoples of this place. Because of this relationship, we have this land to gather on in the way that we do today. In the spirit of reconciliation, we invite you to reflect on what it means to acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

New Name, Same Services: Living with Advanced Illness Centre

Our Community Hospice Services will soon become the Living with Advanced Illness Centre!

We asked and you told us…

The Hospice Calgary department that provides counselling, education, and group programs for those impacted by advanced illness is currently named Community Hospice Services. You told us this name is confusing and doesn’t accurately describe the services offered.

We are excited to share that we heard your feedback and will be changing the name to the Living with Advanced Illness Centre! These services will continue to be a part of Hospice Calgary, along with the Children’s Grief Centre and Rosedale Hospice.

What does this mean for the community?

Often when people hear the word “hospice”, they think of a residential hospice only. With our new name, the Living with Advanced Illness Centre, people will know that they can call us for support much earlier in their illness; not just at end of life. The Centre’s mission will be to continue to provide a family-centred, integrated, community-based approach to improved quality of life for those impacted by advanced illness. The Living with Advanced Illness Centre offers:

  • Care and support beyond the bedside
  • A place for difficult conversations about advanced illness
  • Tools to help with grief
  • Commitment towards building compassionate communities

We hope that this new name shares our goal to help people live well during illness and encourage them to play an active role in their care, connect with others, and get support for their emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, as well as gain practical knowledge to help with their journey.

2019-2020

High Quality Services

  • Launch of the Children’s Grief Centre (CGC)
  • Complementary therapy available to Rosedale patients
  • New phone system to allow for better patient/client experience
  • New drop-in group (The Hangout) for bereaved teens
  • Launch of Text & Chat services for the CGC
  • Launch of telephone and video counselling services for CGC and Community Hospice Services
  • Investment in technology to allow for supporting people via online services

Integrated Hospice Programming

  • Dying to Know education series
  • Life’s Last Chapter publication end-of-life resource
  • CGC Counsellor featured presenter for AHPCA Roadshow 2019

Expand and Share Knowledge

  • Chinook’s Edge School Division Internship pilot project with CGC
  • Dying to Know education series
  • Life’s Last Chapter publication end-of-life resource
  • CGC Counsellor featured presenter for the AHPCA Roadshow

Capable, Passionate, and Caring People

  • Employee-led groups developed; Peer-to-Peer Recognition and Social Club
  • Mentorship shifts for Rosedale patient care staff and volunteer orientation
  • Employee wellness survey conducted

Program Sustainability

  • Re-brand and launch of the CGC
  • Launch of monthly donor campaign (Compassion Circle)
  • Launch of telephone and video counselling services
  • Renewed 5 year contract with AHS for Rosedale funding
  • New 3 year funding from AHS Addictions and Mental Health for CGC
  • Renewed 3 year contract with FCSS for CGC funding

Quality & Safety Culture

  • Improvements to our fall management program
  • Rosedale patient care staff shift length change post-change evaluation
  • New tracking mechanism for identifying trends in Safety Learning Reports
  • Staff and volunteer education events (e.g. back safety, wound care, violence prevention, ethics, hand hygiene, stress reduction)
  • Safety surveys administered to patients and clients
  • Patient wound care plans developed and implemented
  • Revised patient lift and transfer protocols

Baskerville Family

Each story of connection to Rosedale Hospice is a testament as to why it is a vital resource for families in our communities.

In August 2014, my husband Boe was diagnosed with cancer.

When it became apparent Boe could no longer be cared for at home, his journey brought him to Rosedale.

Along with Boe and myself, our two girls became fixtures at Rosedale over the next three months. Young and full of energy, they were welcomed by staff, volunteers and neighbouring patients. The girls made lasting connections with everyone at Rosedale and brought innocent laughter to a place that sees so much sorrow. When the woman across the hall passed away, it sparked a conversation about the support Rosedale Hospice provided to all families, not just our own.

All of this helped us to grieve.

I could not have asked for a more loving place for Boe’s journey to come to an end. You may not realize how vital palliative care is until you are in need, and then you are just so grateful Rosedale Hospice is there.

Six years after Boe’s passing, Rosedale is still a part of our lives. The girls are now older and we have continued to visit Rosedale over the years to remind us of our memories and
the compassion Boe experienced in the three months he was in care. Keeping Rosedale a part of the girls’ lives through visits at the nurse’s station and birthday fundraisers has been an important way to stay connected to their own story.

Today I need your help to continue supporting the vital care provided at Rosedale. Join me in the Together for Rosedale Campaign and help me by sharing your story of connection, and encouraging others to do the same.

Thank you for helping to ensure the compassion and support shown to Boe is available for many other families in need.

Sincerely, Angela Baskerville

Resources for Teens

These resources can be used when explaining death or advanced illness to older children or teens or to help them grieve.

Children’s Grief Centre Education for Parents & Caregivers

For some families the right support may be individual or family counselling during a life-threatening illness or after a death; for others it may be attending a structured support group. We have also heard from many parents that they would appreciate brief, concrete, direct and accessible information as they navigate new situations with their grief and their children’s grief. Our new Lunch & Learns Series is designed to meet these needs.

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