When Your
Needs Change

"Living well until end of life"

In addition to our residential hospice care at Ty Watson House, our society offers education, holistic care and professional counselling services for individuals and their family members before, during and after residential hospice care takes place.

Ty Watson House

Ty Watson House provides a loving environment where our hospice clients, their friends and families are cherished and honored.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s care that should begin when a life threatening condition is diagnosed so that individuals and their families are supported as they navigate the often complicated journey towards the end of life.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided in tandem with curative treatments administered by your physician.

Dying isn’t painful. Disease causes pain. When a client’s journey brings them to Ty Watson House the focus of care is to manage pain and symptoms and minimize suffering in order to have a pain free end of life.


Holistic Health Services

We offer a variety of services provided by certified holistic practitioners. 

Anticipatory Grief Support

Anticipatory grief is the mourning that occurs when a death is imminent or expected. Caregivers and the patient will start the process of grieving as you anticipate the possibility of death and how this will impact yourself and your loved ones.

The Alberni Valley Hospice Society has counsellors and skilled volunteers available to support individuals and families who need assistance expressing conflicting feelings, dealing with new demands and the life changes that occur during this process. This service is open to all members of the community; your loved one does not have to be a resident at Ty Watson House in order to receive anticipatory grief support.

Home Assistance

Our fully trained volunteers provide home visits on a regular or as needed basis to assist clients with errands, outings and companionship.

Respite / Vigil Sitting Care

Respite and vigil sitting provides a needed break for both the caregiver and the care receiver. Our volunteers can be scheduled to provide respite and vigil care in the home, the community, hospital or Ty Watson House.

Short-Term Respite Stays

If you or your caregiver would like a break from your current caregiving situation, talk to us about a short term stay at Ty Watson House. Taking a few days to rest and be cared for by our house team and medical staff may be just what you need.

Lending Library

The Alberni Valley Hospice Society has a comprehensive up-to-date lending library that can be accessed by the public Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm at our Community office.

Caregiver Services

There are individual and group caregiver support services offered from our Community Office. To assess which of our services would be most beneficial to you as a caregiver, speak with our Services Coordinator. We may also be able to connect you with additional services available in the community.

Caregiver Support Groups

This is an opportunity for small groups of caregivers to openly discuss challenges and experiences, ask questions, exchange practical information, access resources, vent, share positive stories and find relief from isolation in a safe non judgmental environment.

Contact the Community Office to register or for more information.

Anticipatory Grief Support

Once your loved one has received a diagnosis of a life limiting illness you will find yourselves experiencing a range of emotions. Caregivers will start the process of grieving the loss of your loved one. You will begin to anticipate the reality of death and how this will impact you and your family. We have trained volunteers and counsellors available to support family members and help you sort through conflicting feelings, new demands and the changes you are experiencing during this difficult phase in your life.

Respite & Vigil Sitting Care

Respite and vigil sitting services provide much needed breaks for the caregiver. Our volunteers can be scheduled to provide respite care in the home, the community, hospital or Ty Watson House.

Holistic Health Services

Lending Library