How do I get on a wait list?
What is the cost to stay at the Foothills Country Hospice?
Can I choose my room?
Can I transfer to a different room?
Is smoking permitted at the Hospice?
Can my pet visit me?
Will there be a doctor looking after me?
When are visiting hours?
Do I need to bring my oxygen with me to the Hospice?
Can I transfer to another hospice after I’ve been admitted?
How is the Foothills Country Hospice funded?

 

How do I get on a wait list?

Admission is managed by Alberta Health Services using a centralized Hospice Access system for all Calgary and area hospices. A palliative consultant will assess patients and get them on the wait list for hospice. They can also field questions about your wait times.

What is the cost to stay at the Foothills Country Hospice?

There is no cost for patient accommodations or meals. There may be fees associated with pharmacy and/or oxygen services not covered by Palliative Blue Cross or the patient’s private insurance.

Can I choose my room?

Rooms are designated to new residents as they become available.

Can I transfer to a different room?

As rooms are nearly always full, we are not able to accommodate patients wishing to move to a different room.

Is smoking permitted at the Hospice?

Smoking is only allowed in the designated outdoor gazebo. Loved ones will be asked to assist patients with their smoking needs.

Can my pet visit me?

Pets are welcome, but must have up-to-date vaccinations and be leashed at all times. A loved one will need to be responsible for the pet.

Will there be a doctor looking after me?

Yes, there is always a palliative care doctor available on call 24 hours. Our Palliative Care Specialist and all attending physicians also meet weekly to discuss patient care plans.

When are visiting hours?

We do not have restrictions for visiting hours. It is completely up to the patient’s discretion. We do lock the doors in the evening if the reception desk is vacant. A doorbell is located in the entryway.

Do I need to bring my oxygen with me to the Hospice?

Patients are to bring their own oxygen if started at home.

Can I transfer to another hospice after I’ve been admitted?

Sorry, we do not offer transfers between hospices.

How is the Foothills Country Hospice funded?

The expenses associated with providing exemplary end-of-life and bereavement care amount to $1,035 per patient per day, which is equivalent to more than $3 million annually. Alberta Health Services contributes 57% towards covering these costs, and the hospice is challenged with raising the remaining $1.5 million shortfall.