To us, each person
is an individual and
each family is unique.
And that is how we care
for them. We’re like
a family here.
Lynn Huskins has worked as part of Agapé
Hospice’s interdisciplinary team for five-and-a-half
years. Currently the Clinical Care Coordinator, Lynn
supervises the caregiving staff and manages the
day-to-day clinical operations, as well as the needs
of the residents and their loved ones.
“I consider Agapé a great place to work,” Lynn says.
“It is a true privilege to work in an atmosphere with
other caregivers that are consistently striving to fill
their residents’ final days with compassion, dignity,
comfort and love.”
When home or hospital care is no longer an option,
residents are referred to hospice care by an Alberta
Health Services palliative team member. Coming to
the hospice can be traumatic, but upon arrival each
resident is warmly welcomed and made comfortable
by the caring staff and volunteers. Residents are
encouraged to bring familiar items and special
mementos that will make their private room feel
as much like home as possible. Nutritious meals are
prepared to each individual’s specific needs and
served in a dignified manner.
“Quality of life is the primary focus of our hospice
program,” Lynn says. Controlling pain and other
physical symptoms, and providing support for
emotional, social and spiritual concerns are paramount. When discomfort is alleviated and fears and
anxieties are dealt with, quality of life is enhanced.
Agapé is renowned for providing individualized care
and has the expertise to care for residents requiring specialized needs such as the dying homeless,
respite care for families, residents with ALS and
those requiring a bariatric bed for their comfort.
Families can visit 24 hours a day and are welcome to
stay overnight with their loved ones. Specially trained
volunteers are always on hand to provide support
to residents and families. These “buddies” help with
meals or a walk in the garden, and lend a caring
heart and listening ear to both the residents and
their loved ones.
Annual Resident Care
Program Costs $4.8 million
Partner Funding for 2012 $3.8 million
Campaign Fundraising Goal $1.0 million
Plus New Objectives: $150,000–$200,000
To complete critical renovations to upgrade
the medications room & caregiver workstation