Hospice Brochure

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If you would like to read more about how Cape Breton District Health Authority Palliative Care Service and Hospice  Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County are working together to ensure the growth of palliative care services meet the varied and wide-ranging needs of palliative care patients and families, take a moment to read our Hospice brochure .  

Shake Rattle n’ Roll for Hospice

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The 1st Annual Shake Rattle n’ Roll for Hospice 50’s and 60’s dance was held at Centre 200 on April 20, 2013.  This new event was a huge success; and, with a great deal of excitement, we have already started our planning for next year.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsors- Seaside Communications and Max FM 98.3, and our event sponsors- Steel Centre Credit Union, Remax Park Place Inc., Shannex Habourstone Enhanced Care, Shannex Parkland Cape Breton, and Shannex Celtic Court. We also want to extend a special thank you to our business community for donating prizes, all those who attended the event and our dedicated volunteers, all without whom this event would not have been possible.

Keep watch for next year’s Shake Rattle n’ Roll for Hospice event. We hope you are able to join us as we are sure it will knock your bobby socks off once again.

We want to thank you for your continued and generous support.  Palliative Care patients and families in our community will truly benefit from over $10,000 raised.  


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2012 Together We Care Golf Tournament

The 16th Annual “Together We Care” Golf Tournament will take place at the beautiful Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck on Friday, June 21, 2013.

The “Together We Care” Golf Tournament is a major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds go to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.  Over the past 15 years, through the generosity of our faithful supporters, this tournament has raised $492,831

The money is used to provide comfort and care for palliative care patients and their families both at home and in the An Cala Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.  It also allows us to provide education and training to staff and volunteers. This is our 16th Annual Tournament and we are very excited because this year with your participation and support, we will surpass the half million dollar mark. 

To register a team, please contact us at (902) 567-8584 or e-mail Gary Forsey at by May 28th, 2013.  

Thank you for your generous support and we look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 21, 2013!   

Understanding Hospice

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Hospice Palliative Care is as varied as the faces on this earth. Each patient follows their own journey of life, and therefore must also be allowed to follow their own journey toward death.


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These frequently asked questions about Hospice Palliative Care provide a quick glimpse into what it means, who receives it and why it’s essential.

Hospice Palliative Care of Cape Breton Celebrates 25 years with Friends Campaign

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(Sydney, NS) –  In a world where “friends” are key to communication and contact, the Hospice Palliative Care Society is about to embark on a campaign to attract additional friends to the fold to mark its 25th anniversary. Served by dedicated board members and community volunteers, the Society has worked collaboratively with the Cape Breton District Health Authority to meet the many unique and special needs of patients and families facing life threatening illnesses.

Hospice Palliative Care Society has, over the years, most notably helped to establish the An Cala Unit in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. With space provided by the District Health Authority, they raised over $750,000 for the furnishings and many comforting spaces and services that are used by more than 600 patients and families annually.  Funds raised by the Society  are also used to  purchase home support items for patients who wish to remain at home – not simply medical equipment but items that will keep a family functioning as it cares for someone who is seriously ill – everything from takeout and a movie to a washer and bed linens. The list is as unique as the patient’s situation and the Society responds to needs identified by social workers, nurses, doctors and volunteer “house mothers” within twenty-four hours of a request.

Hospice Palliative Care has more than 80 volunteers who have an on-site presence in the hospital setting and provide the many cups of tea, snacks and comforting conversation that families appreciate and value. They also visit homes and offer caregivers respite so that they can take care of day to day matters.  A part-time music therapist spends times with patients and customizes the experience to reflect the individual’s preferences.  It is a means of reducing stress, offering relaxation and sharing memories with friends and family. Several patients have chosen to create a legacy CD for family members through music.

Education for patients, families, volunteers, staff and others is another important component of Hospice Palliative Care Society. “There are so many questions, so many uncertainties and so much to understand,” says Board Chair Patricia Jackson. “Hospice is able to offer caring and warmth and meet very real needs at a time when it is required most.  Providing comfort at a time when quality of life is most important keeps our team motivated year round, in fact motivated for the past 25 years.  Now we would like to encourage others to support these extremely important efforts by becoming a “Friend of Hospice”. 

A $50 donation can be made online through the newly rejuvenated Hospice Palliative Care Website  or by contacting the Hospice Office at (902) 563-8584. Each day for the next 25 days, a new message will appear in the Cape Breton Post that gives community members reasons to consider becoming a Friend.

“Cape Breton is a community that cares; we see it over and over again and are thankful for the generosity we have witnessed these past 25 years.  The needs for support continue and we hope that our new friends will know that their contribution truly does make a difference,” adds Jackson.

Irene Khattar
Volunteer – Communications
Hospice Palliative Care Society Cape Breton County
(902) 563-1896
(902) 574-0986