Rural communities in Alberta depending on volunteers to provide hospice care

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A new survey suggests hospice care in rural communities being done solely by volunteers

Volunteers in small provincial communities are stepping up to make sure people needing hospice care don't die alone.

That was the motivation for starting the volunteer hospice society which provides care in rural Alberta communities where there is no government-provided hospice service.

University of Alberta researcher Kyle Whitfield looked into the society and says the group which consists of volunteers took it upon themselves to form the organization and fundraise, apply for grants and get formal training as well.

A study in 2014-15 suggests over half of deaths in Canada with the exception of Quebec took place outside a hospital.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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