Supporting people to live life to its fullest
At May’s Place and Cottage Hospice, individuals from all walks of life receive compassionate end-of-life care in a home-like environment. Our patients are like family. People receive the support to live with the best possible quality of life, with dignity and self-determination. Patients and their loved ones are able to spend meaningful time together in peaceful settings without the strain of care-taking.
Services and Features:
- Private rooms with television and wi-fi in Licensed Care Facilities
- Daily physician visits
- Nursing care 24-hours a day with access to other health care team members
- Symptom management to alleviate pain
- Medication administration
- Assistance with physical care
- Three meals daily and snacks
- A social worker who provides emotional support and counseling to patients and families
- No fixed visiting hours. Family and friends are welcome to be with patients at any time.
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Designated smoking areas
- Volunteer assistance with errands
- Social activities including canine visits, holiday celebrations, and family gatherings
- Bereavement Counselling.
Hospice staffing is funded by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Other costs, including our social worker and facility maintenance, are funded by patient fees and fundraising. Please consider making a donation to ensure that people have the support to live life to its fullest.
May’s Place specializes in providing care to individuals with mental health challenges and addictions. May’s was Western Canada’s first free-standing hospice and remains the only hospice in the Downtown Eastside.
333 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G5
Vivien McTavish, Clinical Practice Leader, 604-606-0381
Patients at Cottage Hospice are able to spend time with loved ones among the peaceful environment of a 1924 heritage building located in Burrard View Park. Patients have views of the North Shore mountains and volunteers tending the flower garden. Cottage Hospice is a beloved landmark of the Burrardview Community and was honoured in 2011 by Vancouver Heritage Foundation as part of its “Places That Matter Plaque Project”.
650 North Penticton St., Vancouver, BC, V5K 3L8
Clincal Practice Leader, 604-606-0381
May’s Place does not currently have parking that can accommodate individuals with a disability. Please contact Handydart if you require transportation assistance.
Cottage Hospice provides parking at its front entrance that can accommodate the needs of individuals with a disability.
What is hospice care?
Hospice care refers to the physical, emotional and spiritual care offered to those who are in the final phases of life due to terminal illness. Hospice is usually appropriate when a person has a life expectancy of three months or less and when medical treatment is no longer an option.
For us, that means compassionate comfort-care of the person as a whole, not treatment of the disease. We aim to alleviate symptoms, maximize quality of life and provide a warm and home-like environment for residents and their loved ones.
What is respite care?
Respite care is the provision of short term, temporary care for people who need it for medical reasons (on the recommendation of a physician), or for temporary relief of caregivers from responsibilities associated with care giving.
How do I get referred?
After an assessment to determine that a person is appropriate for hospice, a physician, homecare nurse or social worker can make a referral to a PAL (Palliative Access Line) where hospice placements are coordinated.
How much does it cost?
Hospice fees are set at $39.11 per day. If you cannot afford the fee, talk to your social worker or home care nurse.
Do you offer spiritual care?
We can arrange spiritual care from a variety of denominations, or you may invite your own spiritual care advisor to visit you as you wish.
What else do I need to do?
It is important to discuss your wishes regarding your care with your family and doctor. This will help you to determine if hospice is right for you. It is also a good idea before coming to hospice to prepare your will and to make decisions about whom you would like to manage your financial affairs.
Can I have a tour of the hospice?
Of course – we’d be happy to show you around. We schedule 20 minute tours in the early afternoon, any day of the week. Please contact the hospice to arrange for a tour.