Agape House was Bermuda’s first hospice, opening out of a private home on February 28, 1991 as a twelve-bed inpatient facility which aimed specifically at caring for people with HIV/AIDS. Soon after the hospice became operational, therapeutic advances in HIV/Aids dramatically reduced the requirement for in-patient beds to tackle this disease. Agape House widened its scope to meet the changing needs of the Bermuda community. Today, it remains Bermuda’s only hospice and has nine inpatient beds with a team that provides specialist palliative care to terminal patients of any disease process such as cancer, motor neuron disease, end-stage heart failure and AIDS. The palliative care team based at Agape House has embraced advances in end of life care over the years and has evolved into a modern specialist palliative care service providing first-rate end of life care, symptom control, rehabilitation and more recently, an out-patient clinic and outreach medical services.
The hospice is owned and run by Bermuda Hospitals Board and supported by the charity, Friends of Hospice.
A hospice is about living and achieving the best possible quality of life for every single moment. Agape House supports its patients and their caregivers, aiming at all times to improve the quality of life remaining. It shares the ethos of the late Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement: ‘You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can to help you not only to die peacefully, but also to live until you die.’