We get asked quite often and find ourselves having conversations daily with people who are try to piece together what their end-of-life journeys will look like. It is an emotional and stressful time for the individual and their families. At Jessica’s House it is our goal to help alleviate some of the worries and concerns and help to build a plan for end-of-life care.
Palliative care is a term that is used to indicate that the progression of the disease is extensive and the reality of death is getting closer. A decision to begin palliative care takes on may factors; having a discussion with your health care team who can offer information about options and supports within the community. An important aspect of that conversation has to include looking at the options that are available for treatment and what the wishes are for the person who has been diagnosed, this is often when it is important to consider the quality vs quantity of life. Discussion surrounding end-of-life choices should be approached with your family and health care team in order to ensure that your voice is heard and your wishes are clear. These are very hard discussion and decisions to make, but having them in place enables the people closest to you peace of mind that they know what is important to you.
Palliative care can be provided in the home, hospital, long-term care or hospice. Jessica’s House is an option for residents at their end-of-life. A referral needs to be made by a health care provider; the referral form can be download from www.thehealthline.ca. Jessica’s House is staffed 24 hours a day with access to our Medical Director if your own family physician isn’t able to follow your care through to end-of-life. This is not cost to stay at Jessica’s House and referral can be received at any point in your palliative care journey. We recognize that this can be a very frightening time, but we have noticed that these fears can be reduced when people come for a tour of the facility prior to admission. If your loved one might be considering hospice and would like a tour of Jessica’s House please do not hesitate to call at 519-235-0941.
Events that are on the horizon……
The time is getting very close for our first ever Handbags for Hospice on Thursday November 7th, 2019 at the South Huron Recreational Centre! This is a sold-out event! For those attending we hope you prepare for an evening of shopping and entertainment! We really look forward to seeing you there!
Our second annual “Angel Tree” campaign will begin November 12th, 2019. If you would like to make a donation to Jessica’s House and hang a handmade ceramic angel on the tree in memory of someone special please contact Jessica’s House.
If you or anyone in your family are dealing with end-of-life issues please don’t hesitate to call for support at any time. Community outreach is a key component to the support that is offered before someone is admitted into Jessica’s House.