As part of the holistic hospice philosophy, we offer a variety of wellness programs at no cost for individuals with a terminal illness, caregivers, family members and the bereaved:
Cooking for One
Our monthly Cooking for One class will help teach you practical skills for shopping and cooking while connecting with others in a safe and comfortable environment.
Begin your week with a half hour of guided meditation, followed by mindfulness exercises and discussion. Everyone including hospice clients, caregivers, family members, volunteers, and staff are welcome.
Step by Step Walking Group
Step by Step is a calm walking group for the bereaved. Participants meet on a weekly basis and are welcome to enjoy coffee and conversation afterward.
Finances Made Simple
Finances Made Simple is a three-week program designed to assist you in reducing financial stress by building your confidence and organizing your financial affairs.
St. Joseph’s Hospice offers a variety of complementary therapies in our Wellness Centre or in the comfort of the homes of individuals living with a terminal illness. Therapies offered through Hospice may include:
- Massage Therapy
- Therapeutic Touch
- Hair Care and Esthetics
Each therapy is delivered by trained Hospice volunteers who are certified in their respective treatment(s). All of our complementary therapy services are offered at no cost to those we serve.
Massage Therapy utilizes direct contact by kneading the muscles and joints to improve circulation, range of movement, decrease minor muscle pain and help overall relaxation.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress relief and relaxation. A Reiki therapist uses a light touch to activate the natural healing processes of the client’s body to aid with physical and emotional well-being.
Reflexology is a focused pressure technique, usually directed at the feet or hands. It is based on the premise that there are reflexes on different parts of the body that correspond to other parts, glands, and organs. Reflexology can promote stress relief, enhance circulation, and support a healthy metabolism.
Therapeutic Touch was developed by nurses for stress relief and relaxation. Like Reiki, it is an energy-focused therapy in which the practitioner uses their hands as a focus to facilitate the healing process; however, direct touch is not necessary. Therapeutic touch aims to direct the flow of energy to aid with physical and emotional well-being.
Hair Care and Esthetics
Hair care and esthetic services are offered to our clients throughout their palliative journey. Hair services are offered to those living with an a terminal illness either in our wellness centre, spa or in clients’ homes. Esthetics are offered in our wellness centre or spa.
Our licensed volunteer hair stylists provide a wash, cut and hairstyle. Our licensed volunteer estheticians provide services such as manicures and pedicures.
To learn more and register for a wellness program, please contact: