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 an individual's eligibility for admission to Hospice House. Referrals for admission to Hospice House are assessed on an individual basis taking the need for our specialized care into consideration. Referrals are triaged daily.

Admission Criteria:

  • They have a diagnosis of a terminal illness with a prognosis less than three (3) months for permanent admission and less than one (1) year for respite admission.
  • They are residents of the North Okanagan.
  • They are eligible for palliative care services in BC and registered for the Palliative Benefits Program.
  • They are in need of pain and symptom management.
  • They have a declining score on the Palliative Performance Scale.
  • They require a holistic, team-based approach to care.
  • They have no primary caregiver available or whose caregiver requires respite and/or whose family/friend support system can no longer manage care needs.
  • They may request or have been approved for Medical Assistance in Dying.
  • They have been assessed by the family physician prior to or at the time of admission.


  • As of January 2022, the daily fee charged to Hospice House clients is $40.68 (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 psych-social care 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.