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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Resident Care

Agapé provides comfortable private rooms in a home-like environment for residents allowing peace, privacy and comfort. Nutritious meals are delivered to the rooms daily and kitchen facilities are provided for any special needs of the residents and families who are encouraged to remain with their loved one as long as they need.

Medical and caregiving staff see to the physical needs of each resident by providing expert care as well as a caring heart and a listening ear to help alleviate fear and enhance the residents quality of life for their remaining days.

There is no fee for service to stay; however, the resident is responsible for paying for their own medications and oxygen.

Social Work

Based upon ideals found within Agapé's mission statement and social work ethics, Agapé's Social Worker provides emotional and advocacy support to both residents and their loved ones. The Social Worker handles each case individually and assists in adjusting to hospice life and developing coping strategies, providing education and grief counseling, facilitation of family meetings, referrals to community supports and bereavement follow up.

Agapé's Social Worker also advocates to help resolve financial concerns, access available benefits and liaise with community agencies, facilitate transitions to home or long term care, provide advocacy letters and certifications to government agencies and to provide counsel regarding funeral details.

Elephant Club Program for Children

When serious illness occurs in the family, adults often want to protect children from its negative impact. A child’s experience of grief can be very painful and isolating, and parents going through their own grief may not be emotionally available to help their child at this time. With the development of the Elephant Club, the Social Worker works with children, when requested by their parents, to help them work through their grief in a safe environment.

Click to download a brochure for the Elephant Club.

Spiritual Care

At Agapé Hospice, spiritual care is available 24 hours a day if needed. The Spiritual Care Coordinator provides spiritual care through a supportive presence, the incorporation of meaningful and sacred practices, grief support, counseling, and liaising between individuals and their faith communities.

Agapé is a Christian faith based hospice in Calgary that respectfully services all faith traditions. Its serene chapel is always open for prayer and meditation. The Spiritual Care Coordinator offers morning chapel services on Tuesday and Thursday. A Prayer Shawl ministry provides shawls to give physical and spiritual comfort to residents and family members. Bereavement support is available in the form of remembrance services held every two months to honour all who pass away and a monthly bereavement coffee hour. Bereavement care appointments and referrals can be accessed through our Spiritual Care Coordinator.

Volunteer Program

Agapé Hospice offers a comprehensive volunteer program with an extensive training module. More than 80 dedicated volunteers give many hours daily to provide a variety of warm and caring supports such as;
    Providing comfort through presence, conversation and acts of kindness
    Life enriching activities such as crafts, pet visits, card making, peaceful walks in the garden and outings
    Fine Arts Program including resident artists, specialized photography and musical guests
    Gardening and floral arrangements
    Respite for family
    Assistance with special events
    Legacy and Dignity Projects