History of Agapé Hospice
In 1987, a study was commissioned which resulted in a group of visionaries pioneering the development of a more holistic form of end of life care, particularly for those with Cancer or AIDS. In 1992, with the transition of The Salvation Army’s Sunset Lodge for Seniors, Agapé Hospice was established with three beds and the distinction of being the first free-standing hospice facility of its kind. Today Agapé has grown to include 20 beds in 2 wings and has provided compassionate end of life care for some 3200 residents and their loved ones.
Since that time, Agapé has become an integral part of the continuum of health care in Alberta, playing a significant role in the development of the hospice palliative care program within the Alberta Health Services. Agapé has also become a respected leader in collaboration on educational and organizational studies related to the hospice palliative field. These studies have included the development of Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation standards for hospice and palliative care and, with the support of the The Grace Glaum Fund for The Salvation Army at the Calgary Foundation and the University of Calgary, Agapé is in the implementation phase of its Caring for the Caregivers Wellness Project. This program is destined to be a model for hospice and palliative care facilities.