Spiritual health is an essential component of overall health. When coping with illness or disability, people draw on their spiritual resources for strength and comfort.
Island Health's Spiritual Health Program arranges for worship services to be held in the hospital every week. Worship services are led by volunteers from the community who generously donate their time to offer residents worship that reflects the faith of both the volunteers and those residents who choose to attend.
Island Health Contact Person
Inquiries regarding worship services may be directed to Arthur Menu.
For more information on spiritual health and Island Health's Spiritual Health Program, visit About us.
For information on how to prepare for coming into hospital, visit Hospitalization.
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Residents who wish to receive spiritual care from a representative of the faith community of their choice are encouraged to contact that faith community and request a visit. Names and telephone numbers for various faith communities can be obtained from the Island Health Contact Person.
Worship Services in the Hiscock Unit
Christian non-denominational worship services are held each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the main dining room.
The Anglican Church of the Advent, supported by Gordon United and Pilgrim United, celebrates Holy Communion on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30 A.M.
Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church celebrates Mass on the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30 P.M.
Heritage Woods Unit
Residents’ families and friends are encouraged to transport and accompany residents to Sunday worship at a church in the community.
To ensure resident safety, Heritage Woods residents may attend worship in the Hiscock Unit only if they are escorted to and from the service by a family member, friend or volunteer.
Spiritual Care Volunteers assist Island Health's Spiritual Care Program in providing spiritual care by visiting patients in their rooms. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteers are screened for suitability and receive training in spiritual care visiting before they take up their work as registered Spiritual Care Volunteers.
Spiritual Care Volunteer Worship Leaders conduct worship services for the residents on a monthly schedule. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteer Worship Leaders are screened for suitability and expected to follow the worship service guidelines set by Island Health's Spiritual Care Program. To read the worship service guidelines, click on this link: Worship Guidelines (PDF). Volunteers may also offer Bible study sessions, group social/spiritual activities for male residents, or other spiritual activities for groups of residents.
If you are interested in becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer, contact the Island Health Contact Person.
Community-based Spiritual Care
To find out how to arrange for a spiritual care giver in the community to come and visit you or a family member in hospital, click on: Hospitalization
Information to assist community-based spiritual care givers in providing spiritual care to their members in health care facilities can be found by clicking on: Community Visitors.
You can support Island Health's Spiritual Health program by making a donation for that purpose to:
Tax receipts will be issued.
Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation
1454 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, BC V8T 2B7
Web site: http://www.gvef.org/