FOH & Agape House
Agape House was Bermuda’s first hospice, opening out of a private home in 1991 as a twelve-bed inpatient facility. 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 hospice itself is owned and run by Bermuda Hospitals Board.
Friends of Hospice was founded in 1994 to provide financial assistance and volunteer services to Agape House in an effort to enhance the quality of life for patients, families and friends.
Today, Friends of Hospice is the registered charity (#391) that supports Agape House and hospice care in Bermuda through the following programmes and services that help enhance the quality of life for patients and their families:
- Full time chef and private kitchen
- Full time Bereavement Counselor and Art Therapist
- Complementary Therapist
- Technology Programme
- Volunteer Companion Training Programme
Friends of Hospice also funds educational development for hospice staff, assists with the maintenance and upkeep of the building, and works alongside the Agape House staff to meet the practical and emotional needs of the patients and their family and friends in any way that it can.