The Province has provided more than $630,000 for improved access to palliative care on Vancouver Island, including $60,000 for the Oceanside region.
The B.C. Centre for Palliative Care distributed $60,000 to the Oceanside Hospice Society for improvements to five hospice spaces at Trillium Lodge in Parksville.
"It's important for patients and their families to have access to palliative care and supports close to home and near their own community," Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell said through a B.C. government news release. "These improvements will help bring peace of mind and comfort for loved ones and their families during what can be a very challenging time." The government release stated the funding is part of the B.C. Centre for Palliative Care's overall allocation of $637,798 for hospice palliative care on Vancouver Island, which includes:
• Campbell River Hospice Society in Campbell River has received $90,000 toward four new hospice beds at Yucalta Lodge. Target completion date is March 2017.
• Comox Valley Hospice Society has received $120,000 toward two new hospice beds to support care in the community. Target completion date is March 2018.
• Cowichan Valley Hospice Society in Duncan has received $280,000 toward five new hospice beds to build capacity. Target completion date is March 2019.
• Sooke Hospice Society has received $50,000 toward two new hospice beds at Ayre Manor. Target completion date is March 2017.
The Ministry of Health and health authorities collaborated with the B.C. Centre for Palliative Care to determine how the funds would be allocated by studying B.C.'s palliative population data to assess characteristics such as age, underlying cause of death and geography.
— NEWS Staff/B.C. gov't news release