Admission Criteria

Hospice House has 12 rooms to allow clients a place to live during their final weeks.

Individuals at end-of-life can also stay at Hospice House temporarily for pain and symptom management and/or to allow families a break from caregiving.

Who can be admitted to Hospice House?

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility:
Please note that referrals for admission are considered on an individual basis taking into consideration care requirements

  • They have a palliative diagnosis and are living with a progressive, life-limiting illness
  • They are residents of the North Okanagan (individuals from other locations within the Interior Health Authority region can be admitted depending on room availability)
  • They have a family physician who supports a referral to Hospice House and has registered them with the appropriate palliative care benefits program
  • Their goal of care is palliative and comfort-oriented, rather than focused on cure
  • They consent to admission to Hospice House and the hospice palliative care philosophy
  • They reside in their own home or in an Assisted Living facility

Fees

  • As of January 2017, the daily fee charged to Hospice House clients is $36.30 (this fee is set by the BC Ministry of Health)
  • Most medications, supplies and equipment are paid for by the BC Palliative Care Benefits Program
  • Volunteer support at Hospice House is provided free of charge
  • Services available to Hospice House clients and families, such as complementary and pet therapies, social work support and bereavement follow-up, are provided free of charge

Other questions?

If you would like more information about eligibility for admission to Hospice House, speak to your family doctor, call Community Integration Health Services at 250-541-2200, or call Hospice House directly at 250-503-1855.