Hospice care in Antigua initially started with palliative care being offered in homes when it was discovered that there were no available options for persons diagnosed with terminal illness. In response to this need, a Palliative Home Care Service came into being under the auspices of the St. John Ambulance Association in 2007.
However, it became very clear that a residential facility was necessary that offered round the clock care, and after much searching, a permanent home was found for St John Hospice in the old Gwenneth O’Reilly Building at Holberton Hospital. The St John Hospice opened the doors to this facility on December 2nd, 2011.
The bright and cheery atmosphere of St John Hospice, along with our amazing medical team of Nurse Aides, RN’s and Doctors, continues to enable us to provide a pleasant place for our patients. Because of this, word has spread and Hospice is now an accepted health care facility in the community.
COUNCIL, STAFF & FRIENDS OF HOSPICE
The Patron of the hospice is His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, and the hospice is run by a Board comprising: Heather Mannix Labadie (Chairperson), Angie Bascus (Treasurer), Sharon Cort-Thibou (Legal Council), Agnes Meeker (Founder), Cathlyn Gilkes (Administrator), Dr. Raphael Evanson, Patrick Ryan, Charlene Selkridge, Rosemary Magoris and Gladstone Joseph, members.
Friends of Hospice is the fundraising arm of hospice and its members include: Heather Mannix-Labadie, Fay Griffith, Phillip Harris, Nicola Mykoo, Gary Fletcher, Charlene Selkridge, Juanita Nanton, Vernie Lake, Pauline Perry and Gladstone Joseph.
A dedicated group of volunteers led by Rosemary Magoris run our thrift shop Fashion Encore I on Bishopgate Street and Carolyn Barretto with her team operate the newly opened Fashion Encore II, located on the premises of the hospice.
Hospice gives people who are terminally ill the opportunity to die with dignity and compassion in a tranquil environment, cared for by professionally trained staff.
While the hospice is open 24/7, the office is opened:
Mon, Wed & Fri from 7a.m. – 12noon
Tues & Thurs 7am – 2pm FASHION ENCORE I: Tue/Thur 9am – 3pm, Fri 2pm – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm FASHION ENCORE II: Mon – Fri 8am – 12 noon, Sat 9:30am – 12:30pm
Donations may be dropped off anytime at the hospice.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP HOSPICE
Donate new or “gently used” clothing or household items to our thrift shops.
In lieu of birthday or anniversary gifts, ask guests to contribute canned goods or monetary gift to hospice.
In lieu of flowers ask family and friends to donate to Hospice in memory of a loved one.
Donate home grown items from your garden when abundant – we need only a few at a time.
Donate items from our Wish List.
Consider a monthly donation to St John Hospice.
Donate the loyalty points that you accumulate at 1st Choice or Epicurean to St John Hospice.
Our telephone number is 562-8221
Or call the Administrator, Cathy Gilkes at 788-7774