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Every person deserves to be surrounded by family and friends as they continue their life path to its end. Airdrie and District Hospice Society supports those who are struggling to cope with the reality of dealing with death, diagnosis, and grief. Along with the associated emotional realities of that process. We provide compassionate care to those living with a life-limiting, as well as grief and bereavement support to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, caregivers and anyone impacted by a diagnosis or loss. Although we do not have a physical location for our hospice services, we care for clients where they feel most comfortable, whether that is at their home, a nursing home, or at a hospital. Hospice Airdrie helps clients and their loved ones facing life-limiting illness and grief with compassionate care from volunteers. Our services are provided free of charge to residents in our service areas. Airdrie and District Hospice Society serves Airdrie, Balzac, Beiseker, Carstairs, Crossfield, Irricana, Kathryn, Keoma and Madden.
• We offer adult grief support groups four times per year, free of charge, Facilitators are specially trained to provide a supportive and safe environment to share your grief.
• Children's Grief programs we offer a 12-week virtual program - Weekly meetings are 60 minutes. The curriculum consists of journals, activities, games and stories that are designed to help participants express their feelings and move through grief. The programs are divided into different age groups and trained facilitators utilize age-appropriate materials for each program.
• Certain medications, aids to daily living, and transportation to visit loved ones in hospice might not be covered by Alberta Health or other programs related to your illness. We might be able to help you with some of these costs if you reside in Airdrie and the areas we support through the Compassionate Care Fund if you have a diagnosis of a life limiting illness.
• Navigating the System: Through our "NavCare" program volunteers use their specialized knowledge and skills to search for creative ways for adults living at home with serious illness to access services and resources so that individuals and their families have better health and stay connected to their communities.
• Education Sessions include Wills, Powers of Attorney, Personal Directives - What they Are; Coping with Grief Over the Holidays; Goals of Care and More.
• Cooking for One after a loss: It isn't easy losing someone and now you are faced with learning how to "Cook for One" as well. Airdrie and District Hospice Society working in partnership with the Airdrie Food Bank offer a 4-class program to help you learn about nutritional choices and meal Ideas.
• Palliative Care Companions: Specially trained volunteers who can provide a few hours of respite so caregivers can ten to their own needs, such as going shopping or attending an appointment. (Volunteers cannot provide medical care, but they can sit with a person and keep them company).
• Palliative Care Resources - Please check out our website for more information on all our programs and upcoming scheduled events.
All programming times and information can be found on our Website. www.airdriehospice.ca