Companionship & Support

COMPANIONSHIP & SUPPORT

For more information about the services shown below, please contact Program Coordinator Kathy Hankinson Tel: 250-495-1590 ext 103 or email: programs@desertvalleyhospice.org.

Dementia & Alzheimer's Support

Desert Valley Hospice Society offers support for caregivers, families,
and clients living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Our goal is to:

  • provide comfort and a means for sharing experiences
  • provide support to help you live with this illness
  • help identify and access community and healthcare services
  • identify resources that can help with needs now and in the future
  • help when life gets challenging


Sharing stories with trained volunteers, being able to seek advice from others living similar experiences, and simply having others ready to listen to you on a regular basis, helps lower caregiver stress and alleviates the health risks that caregivers face.

Our Society has information on community resources for Alzheimer’s education and services that can ease some of the workload.

Grief & Bereavement Support

Desert Valley Hospice Volunteers are specially trained to provide you and/or your family with in-person grief and bereavement support. Visits take place at the Supportive Care Centre in Osoyoos at a time most convenient for you.

All services are free of charge and your confidentiality is assured. We have a resource list of additional professional support, if needed, and we have a resource lending library, should you wish to access information about grief and bereavement.

In addition, the Society offers a telephone bereavement call service. Part of the Wellness Check-in Call program, you may request a Volunteer to speak with you on a regular basis over the phone.

Our Grief Support Line is 250-495-1590 ext 103. You may leave a confidential message and your call will be returned.

Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-784-2433

Walking Through Grief

Trained Hospice Volunteers facilitate a grief walking group in Oliver. We walk along the Oliver Hike & Bike Path. Bereavement walks provide an opportunity to gather with other local residents who have lost a loved one and are experiencing grief. Groups offer a supportive space to walk, talk, and share, while receiving fresh air and gentle exercise.

There is no charge to participate.  Walkers may join at any time throughout the year. 

For more information or to pre-register, contact:
Oliver Group: Fiona Wood at 250-498-3122.
Interested in creating an Osoyoos or OK Falls group?
Call us at 250-495-1590 ext. 103

Dealing With Loss Seminar: A 10-week Journey

Join us in a grief journey following the Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart as outlined in Alan Wolfelt’s book Understanding Your Grief. Led by our Grief Support Group Facilitators, this grief group includes sharing, support, and grief education. Each session will consist of:
·         A check-in in which each participant will have a chance to speak to where they are at in their grief that day;
·         A presentation on a topic intended to support you in your grief;
·         A discussion of other predominant themes of the day.


If you are interested in this seminar, please contact Kathy Hankinson  at 250-495-1590 ext. 103. 

A $50 workshop fee includes the book and the companion journal. Retail value of books $45. Payment is accepted via mail to DVHS, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 or online at: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/desert-valley-hospice-society/events/dealing-with-loss-seminar

  1. Session One – Open to the Presence of Your Loss
  2. Session Two – Dispel the Misconceptions About Grief
  3. Session Three – Embrace the Uniqueness of Your Grief
  4. Session Four – Explore Your Feelings of Loss
  5. Session Five – Recognize You Are Not Crazy
  6. Session Six – Understand the Six Needs of Mourning
  7. Session Seven – Nurture Yourself
  8. Session Eight – Reach out for Help  
  9. Session Nine – Seek Reconciliation, Not Resolution.
  10. Session Ten – Appreciate your Transformation

SCDP - Supportive Care Day Program

The SCDP program is on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
Participants may join at any time. Pre-registration is required.


The program is offered to people living with a serious or life-limiting illness, loneliness, isolation or living with dementia and caregivers.  We support you in a safe and home-like environment as you face new challenges. Our goal is to help you live as fully as possible.

Trained program facilitators and Hospice Volunteers assist and support our clients. We provide socialization, mobility exercises, education  and life-enriching activities for our participants while, at the same time, providing a break for caregivers. We serve a nutritious lunch, provide entertainment and activities and celebrate special occasions. 

For more information and to join us, please call the Program Coordinator Kathy Hankinson  250-495-1590 ext. 103.

SHINE - Supporting Healthy Interactive Needs of Elders

SHINE is a program of workshops for caregivers of loved ones living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s or loved ones with palliative, hospice, or life-limiting care needs.

Giving care to a loved one is hard, hard work, usually both emotionally and physically draining. In order to have the energy and strength to continue to provide care, a caregiver must take care of themselves. Desert Valley Hospice Society is here to help you as a caregiver by providing a space to share your experiences with others on the same journey and to learn from each other. Direction to supporting resources in the community will be provided.

For more information and to join us, please call the Program Coordinator Kathy Hankinson  at 250-495-1590 ext. 103.

Wellness Check-in Calls

People who register for our Wellness Check-in Calls are matched with one of our volunteers. The volunteer will schedule telephone calls with the client and check-in, providing conversation, companionship and a connection to the community.

It is especially beneficial for persons feeling lonely, far from family, or isolated. For people struggling with communication, the Wellness Check-in Calls provide an opportunity for audio-socialization and anxiety relief.

Wellness Check-in Calls are offered to residents of the communities of Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls who are living in their own homes or in retirement residences. All calls are scheduled with the client’s permission.

If you know someone who would benefit from this program, encourage them to register with us. You may also choose to register them on their behalf, with their consent.


For more information and to join us, please call the Program Coordinator Kathy Hankinson  at 250-495-1590 ext. 103.

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