How Prairie Hospice helps
Helping clients with daily tasks
Services are provided by well-trained volunteers, and include helping clients with some of the instrumental activities of daily living that allow clients to live independently in the community, like buying groceries, running errands, preparing food, taking care of simple household chores, and providing transportation.
Hospice without Walls
Hospice without Walls is a program that provides a consistent, one-on-one volunteer to journey alongside people facing death and their caregivers. Clients can stay in their own homes and we will follow our clients as their needs change, providing non-medical care.
Hospice Now is our quick response service that provides clients and families with urgent respite and household-related services wherever that resident resides. The main focus is on transportation requests for medical appointments but everyone has different needs.
Prairie Hospice provides grief and bereavement support to clients’ families. Volunteers support families for one year after the death, offering the next of kin a safe environment to grieve. The family can opt-out at any time. This is friendly support, not professional counselling.
Our care providers
Prairie Hospice volunteers
Volunteers have undergone a criminal record check, and have been interviewed by our team, provided references, and completed the intensive training program.
Volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, and clients are matched based on common interests and personalities. Once matched, clients will always meet with the same volunteer, providing consistency and allowing them to get to know each other. Volunteers may also stay in contact with the family for up to a year after the client has passed on.
Prairie Hospice volunteers offer approximately four hours per week of their time. The volunteer and client establish a schedule that works for both parties.
Eligibility & referrals
Eligibility criteria are somewhat flexible to ensure that those at end of life, with non-curative illness are provided with support in their homes. At this time, we are only able to serve clients within the city limits of Saskatoon.
In general, Prairie Hospice Society clients must meet the following criteria to be accepted into our programs:
- The potential client has a terminal diagnosis
- The potential client is no longer seeking curative treatment.
- There are no concerns about physical safety of the client’s home or about safety related to mental health issues of the client or client’s family. The safety of volunteers and staff can be reasonably ensured.
Access and referral process
Anyone may call or email us to start the referral process, which will involve a home visit and an assessment by the Volunteer Coordinator. Referrals may also come from various health-related agencies on behalf of individuals (or their families) facing end of life. One of our volunteer coordinators will speak directly with you to arrange the assessment. They will take the time to understand your needs and review our services with you.