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Do I have to die in hospital?

Do I have to die in hospital?

Hospice care is both a place and an approach. There is a recognition that someone receiving hospice care is doing so because they are at the end of life and require comfort care measures only. Being in hospice care usually means in a facility designed around providing medical comfort care but also social and emotional comfort measures. The idea is to create a warm and welcoming environment for both the terminal patient and loved ones. Saskatchewan currently has four operating hospice environments with another in the planning stages.

Your doctor or a member of your care team may refer you to a hospice palliative care program. If not, you can ask your doctor.

Or you may choose a hospice palliative care program yourself. To start, call some of the programs in your area. People and organizations that can help you find hospice programs include:

  • Your doctor or hospital.

  • The medical social worker at your hospital or nursing home.

  • Your local or provincial agency on aging.

  • Your local health unit.

  • Your private health insurance provider.

  • Your provincial hospice palliative care organization.

  • The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

All hospice palliative care programs should provide materials that describe their services. This includes who provides the services, who is eligible, how much it costs, and how to pay. And they should describe the program's insurance and liability information. Ask for this information. Read it carefully.

Prairie Hospice Society

"Prairie Hospice Society is a charitable, non-profit community organization working to ensure access to compassionate, community-based, end-of-life support in Saskatoon. Our goal is to enhance quality of life at the end of life, wherever people call home. We provide one-on-one companionship and non-medical support for clients and their families, raise awareness and educate the community about end-of-life care, and advocate for quality end-of-life care."


716 Queen St, Saskatoon SK S7K0M9

(306) 249-5554 

Heartland Hospice

"Promoting quality in life, compassion in death and support in bereavement through hospice care


Rose Garden Hospice

"To provide quality patient-centered end of life care to persons in Northern Saskatchewan by providing care in a home-like environment which meets the physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of the client, the client’s family and close friends."


450-1403 Central Ave, Prince Albert SK S6V7J4

(306) 764-7673

Hospice at Glengarda

"“The Hospice at Glengarda was built by the community for the community, to serve the people of Saskatchewan."


301 Hilliard St E, Saskatoon Saskatchewan S7j 0e5

(306) 844-4330

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