In-Patient Care at Bobby's Hospice
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) 653- 2995 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
Cost of Care at Bobby's Hospice

There are NO costs of care at Bobby’s Hospice thanks to our partnership with the NB Department of Health who provides 40% of our funding and our generous community who donates over $1M every year to cover the remaining costs.

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
  • 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
  • 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.


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.

Music Therapy

Music is an important part of the human experience and is used to provide patients and families with comfort and support.  Bobby’s Hospice is pleased to have a Registered Music Therapist on staff to provide music care and entertainment.

Pet Therapy

Hospice is proud to partner with St. John Ambulance to host pet therapy at Bobby’s Hospice to provide comfort and soothing companionship to our patients.