Admissions to Bobby’s Hospice

When home is no longer an option, Bobby’s Hospice is there to help.  We provide high quality 24-hour, in-patient palliative care in a home-like, peaceful setting. 

Patients are admitted by a physician, either through a family physician if the patient is at home or through the Palliative Care Unit if the patient is in the Saint John Regional Hospital.  Extra-Mural is often the conduit in the community between family physicians and Bobby’s Hospice, helping to facilitate direct admissions from home and avoiding unnecessary hospital visits.  Priority for admission is determined by our Medical Director or the physician on duty and our Nurse Manager through a collaborative triage process with our partners in care.

You are always welcome to call Bobby’s Hospice directly at (506) 632-5593 if someone you love is need of in-patient palliative care services.

Criteria for admission and care
  • 18 years or older
  • Valid NB Medicare Card
  • Life expectancy of 6 months or less
  • Cannot be supported at home
  • Limited diagnostic tests or treatments required
  • Patient and family aware of diagnosis and prognosis and agree to palliative end-of-life care with no extraordinary life saving measures
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) in place
  • Exclusion Criteria
  • Wandering, aggressive and unsafe
  • Long term, non-Hospice care
  • Ventilator
  • Regular transport to hospital
  • Medical Assistance in Dying
Cost of care at Bobby’s Hospice

The ONLY cost of care is the medication dispensing fee.  Just like home, patients are responsible for medication coverage through insurance plans, government support or private pay if there is no plan.  This includes the dispensing fee costs charged by the pharmacy. 

Medications at Hospice are supplied by Shoppers Drug Mart on Crown Street.  Prior to admission or immediately after, families must go to Shoppers and make a cash deposit or leave a credit card to cover the costs of what your insurance does not cover.  Deposits may be left with the Hospice nursing staff as well.

All other costs are FREE, including nursing and medical care, housing, food services, supplies, parking etc. and shared between Hospice (through fundraising) and the Government of New Brunswick. 


What to bring to Bobby’s Hospice

You are welcome to bring small items that will help make your room feel more personal to you – a favorite pillow, blanket and family photos.  All necessary furniture and décor are supplied by Hospice.  For safety reasons and the limited space available in rooms, please do not bring in furniture or electrical items from home and please do not remove furniture from your room or take furniture/bedding from empty rooms. You should bring the following items with you when coming to Hospice:

Medications and medical supplies
Clothing and sleepwear, including bathrobe, slippers and socks
Personal items such as razors, toothbrush & toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo/cream rinse, hair brush/comb, nail clippers, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, etc.

Families are responsible to take home all belongings and items brought into Hospice. 

Our facility

Our 22,000 sq. foot community palliative care facility offers:

  • 10 private home-like bedrooms and bathrooms for patients
  • 4 family bedrooms
  • Living rooms and cozy fireplaces
  • Kitchens and dining rooms
  • A chapel for spiritual comfort
  • Outdoor garden to connect with nature
  • Free parking
  • Free cable TV
  • Free wireless internet service
  • Free daily newspaper
  • Free coffee and refreshments

Patient rooms

Each patient’s room is private, just like home. They vary in size and decor. Rooms are selected based on availability and nursing discretion such as special needs and circumstances.  Each is equipped with:

  • Private bathroom with sink & toilet
  • Hamper for clothing
  • Wardrobe or closet to place your personal belongings (clothing etc), 
  • Hospital bed with homelike bedding
  • Comfortable stand-up recliner
  • Over bed table
  • Bedside table & lamp
  • Window that opens
  • Television, equipped with free cable TV
  • Call bell to notify nursing staff of your needs
  • CD Player
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet Access

Hospice protects each patient/family’s right to privacy and believes your bedroom should be respected as if it were in your private home.  Consequently, visiting must be approved by the patient and/or family in advance and cannot disrupt the privacy of other patients and families.  Approved family/friends are welcome at all times. Visitors will be required to sign in/out at the Nursing Station.

Oxygen

In conjunction with fresh air, fans, and medication, oxygen will be used to provide comfort and to reduce shortness of breath for patients with difficulty breathing.  Hospice has a partnership with Vital Aire and Extra-Mural for oxygen therapy.

Food Services

Our goal at Bobby’s Hospice is to enhance your quality of life and help you spend precious time with your loved ones.  Food is a very important part of our quality of life and that’s why the food services team at Bobby’s Hospice is committed to providing you with quality and nutritious home-made meals.  All of our home-made meals come from our Gold Recipe Collection and are of the highest quality.  We want your meals at Bobby’s Hospice to be the best meals and to bring you comfort and joy.  Let us know what is special to you.