Palliative Care Services

Palliative care services are available to individuals facing life-limiting illness as well as caregivers; Our caregiver supports are specific to those caring for an individual with a life-limiting illness. The Palliative Care Coordinator will connect those accessing service to volunteer led one-to-one supports and groups, while communicating regularly to ensure supports are adjusted to support individual requirements. Our volunteers are thoroughly screened and complete the Hospice Palliative Care of Ontario volunteer training program.


One-to-One Support

Volunteers are matched to clients based on individual preferences, and where possible, shared interests, cultures, language and faith. The volunteer role varies depending on the wishes of the client and may include but is not limited to: companionship, legacy work, practical assistance and a safe space to communicate.

Day Hospice Group

Day Hospice is a program run by staff and volunteers. This program offers social interaction, peer support, activities and educational workshops in a group setting for individuals living with a life-limiting illness. Caregivers are welcome too, should they want to accompany the individual they care for or find benefit in the sessions provided.

C.A.R.E. Core Concepts Group

C.A.R.E. stands for Caregivers Achieving Resiliency and Empowerment. The C.A.R.E. Core Concepts Group is a bi-weekly, 6 session, closed peer support group that details topics and coping strategies specific to the caregiver journey. This group is facilitated by volunteers who have lived experience as a caregiver to an individual with a life-limiting illness.

Groups occur 3 times a year, and are dependent on registration numbers. Please note that our supports are not intended to replace professional counseling services.




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Spring 2023

VON Durham Hospice Services serves all of the residents of Durham Region with respect and dignity.  We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we serve and operate on is the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, which is home to many First Nation, Inuit, and Métis People. We are a team that is committed to learning, understanding, and acknowledging the colonialist history faced by Indigenous peoples and the impact this history has today. We aim to provide culturally safe and anti-bias approaches to hospice palliative care across our team’s disciplines.

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