In October 2019 the WYCCF opened the first Hospice of country Sint Maarten, a 2-bed facility where high quality palliative care is given to residents in their last stage of life.
In our hospice we aim to reduce stress and anxiety in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. We provide personalized care, loving guidance, safety and tranquility to reach a comfortable state, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Together, we can work to fulfill your life's journey in a meaningful way.
We work together with other professionals such as; physical therapist, dietician and social worker to reach the state in which you feel comfortable. We are in close contact with the doctors and therefore can consult them anytime of the day or night.
Once admitted in the hospice and you are fit enough to still go out for a few hours you are more than free to do so. Loved ones and church members can be involved in your care and visit anytime, at your desire.
"We don't add days to your life but life to your days"
(C. Saunders, founder of Hospice Care)
Valid health insurance
Detailed extract from the Census
Medical history of family doctor or treating medical specialist, including current medications and treatments
A signed "do not resuscitate" form (DNR)
Declaration of family doctor or treating medical specialist regarding life expectancy.
These documents can be emailed or delivered to our social worker, Minerva Maccow, via email:
If admitted in the SMMC, please contact your medical specialist to discuss the possibility of a transfer to our hospice. The medical specialist writes the referral and the social worker of the SMMC will arrange the other required documentation and will submit these to your insurance company for approval.
If you are at home, please contact your family doctor for a referral letter, your medical history, a life expectancy declaration and the DNR form. These documents, with a copy of your health insurance and the Census extract, can be submitted to our social worker. She will request approval from your insurance company to be admitted in our hospice.
Once all the documents have been received, the social worker of WYCCF (or SMMC, if the client is admitted there) completes the AVBZ care request form and submits that along with the other documents to the doctor of the SZV. A decision on approval or denial is taken within five working days and send to WYCCF via email. If approved and a bed is open, the client and family are contacted to plan the date of admission. Once admitted, the family can visit 24/7 and may also stayover. Bathroom, kitchen and garden facilities are offered for the comfort of all families.