guided journeys foundation

Paving the Way for Hospice and Palliative Care!

Guided Journeys Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing our communities with palliative care support wherever they may need it. Every moment is precious for us, so we try to make each one count. We offer comfort, guidance, and compassionate care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers facing end-of-life bereavement.
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Making End-of-Life Care Better for All

Death touches everyone, and EVERYONE deserves the highest possible quality of life, up until the end of life. Thanks to your generous donation, the Guided Journeys Foundation will become the first residential hospice and palliative care home in Lethbridge, Alberta. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their caregivers suffering from end-of-life illnesses.
Our Mission:

The Guided Journeys Foundation will provide compassionate care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses while enhancing dignity and quality of life, until the end of life.

Our Vision:

The Guided Journeys Foundation will be a reflection of the beauty of Southern Alberta, the farming and rural communities, the urban jewels, and the prairies that define our community. In the spirit of community, our hospice and palliative care will be a place of reflection, honour, and celebration of life.

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Please note that the Guided Journeys Foundation is currently in the process of planning and development. Individual patients cannot be accepted at this time.

What is the Guided Journeys Foundation?

The Guided Journeys Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Kinga Zentner in collaboration with a group of compassionate individuals who realized the need for hospice and palliative care in Lethbridge, Alberta. We received our charitable status in 2022. We will provide all of our programs and services at no cost to the community. Without the help of our community, volunteers, and Board of Directors, we would not be where we are today.

Is the Guided Journeys Foundation a registered charity?

Yes, the Guided Journeys Foundation is a registered charity. Charity # 73770 7604

How can I donate to the Guided Journeys Foundation?

You can donate online through our website at We also accept cheques and electronic transfers sent to Don’t hesitate to contact the Guided Journeys Foundation at 403-331-1257 for more information regarding donations and gifts. Thank you for your support.

Who can access the Guided Journeys Foundation services?

Anyone can access our programs and services:

• Our services are available to individuals enrolled in palliative care programs.
• Our services are available to individuals who live within our geographical area but care for their loved ones in another region.
• You may access our grief and bereavement services if you have experienced the loss of a loved one.

What areas does the Guided Journeys Foundation serve?

Guided Journeys Foundations serves the areas of Lethbridge, Coaldale, Coalhurst, Picture Butte, Barons, Nobleford, Chin, Diamond City, Fairview, Iron Springs, Monarch, Shaughnessy and Turin. Reaching a population of over 125,000.

How is the Guided Journeys Foundation funded?

We rely substantially on the generosity of community donors for the majority of Guided Journeys Foundation’s financial support. Memorial contributions and fundraising activities are necessary to maintain our programs and services. We are grateful for the continued support from our donors and community.

Who does the Guided Journeys Foundation serve?

The Guided Journeys Foundation provides support to individuals living with severe illnesses, nearing the end of life, or who are bereaved. In addition, family caregivers are offered additional support and assistance while caring for individuals who are seriously ill or have become frail with age. Guided Journeys Foundation also provides grief and bereavement services for children and youth who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Who provides services for the Guided Journeys Foundation?

Volunteers and dedicated health care professionals are essential for the provision of services.

  • Upon graduation from our 30-hour training program, volunteers will be prepared to provide direct client care.

How will my gift or contribution be directed?

Your gift will be directed in either of the following ways unless there is a specific area the donor wishes:

  • Cable services tailored to your interests, hobbies, and faith
  • Personalized hair cuts and heart pillows
  • Gift items such as teddy bears, jewelry, and plaques
  • Play equipment and supplies for children
  • Baked goods to share with clients and families
  • Plant annuals, mulch, and shrubs with arborists
  • Deliver weekly bouquets to client rooms
  • Equip volunteers with gardening equipment
  • Offer seasonal decorations, food items, or treats to clients
  • Provide summer BBQs as part of cooking programs
  • Tune pianos and keyboards for clients, families, and volunteers
  • Provide training and recognition for volunteers

How can I volunteer for the Guided Journeys Foundation?

Volunteers are men and women of all ages and backgrounds, employed and retired, who give their time to help others. Our direct client care volunteers have all completed extensive training programs. They choose assignments according to their time availability, skills, and interests. In addition, they provide practical and emotional support to clients and their families and office and fundraising assistance.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit

Why do we need Hospice Services?

Hospice care is both compassionate and cost-effective. Hospice care is provided to patients suffering from a life-limiting illness who cannot care for themselves. Did you know:

  • Generally, people prefer to die at home or in a setting similar to home instead of a hospital.
  • The number of individuals over 65 is expected to double (approximately) over the next twenty years.
  • As the number of senior citizens increases, hospitals use more resources, increasing costs and lengthening wait times. We aim to improve the quality of life of palliative patients and caregivers while reducing the burden on health care systems. 
  • A hospice bed costs about $470/day compared to $1100/day for an acute care hospital bed.

Hospice care aims to provide patients with the best quality of life possible. Moreover, hospice care offers bereavement support and aftercare for families.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a type of healthcare for patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses. Palliative care helps patients achieve the best possible quality of life up until the end of life. Palliative care is often referred to as end-of-life care or comfort care.

  • It focuses on the concerns of patients and their families.
  • Pays close attention to physical symptoms, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families
  • Ensures that care is respectful and supportive of patient dignity and patient choices
  • It respects the social and cultural needs of all patients
  • Palliative care is most effectively delivered by a team approach involving medical staff, social workers, spiritual leaders, volunteers and compassionate communities

*The attitude is living with an illness instead of dying from a life-threatening illness.

Help us Build Guided Journeys

Support the development of Guided Journeys, the first standalone residential hospice and palliative care center in Lethbridge, Alberta

Why Guided Journeys?

The Guided Journeys Foundation is working to build the first hospice residence in Lethbridge, AB.

Our hospice and palliative care will be a place of reflection, honour, and celebration. In our community, every family will experience the need for palliative care. Having the proper facilities and infrastructure in place with a hospice residence ensures families can spend time with their loved ones instead of driving out of town, worrying about care and pain management, and feeling isolated from their support networks.

Hospice & Palliative Care:

We need the guidance of a compassionate community to help us through our end-of-life journey. We intend to design our building to feel more like a home than a hospital. Additionally, it will be equipped with the necessary amenities and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that all needs are met in the most comfortable and caring manner possible.

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Site selection, budget, and conditions will determine the specific layout and floor plan.

Construction Details:

The Guided Journeys Foundation plans to build a palliative care facility in Southern Alberta situated in the serenity of the prairies. The hospice will be a tranquil, caring space for people from all walks of life to spend their final days in the most dignified and loving manner possible. We desire to create a beautiful, unique environment that awakens the senses.

The Guided Journeys Foundation intends to include the following in the hospice, and depending on available funds, additional infrastructure may be added:

    • 10 private rooms for residents, with accommodation for overnight guests

    • Rich, vibrant décor and modern furniture

    • State-of-the-art kitchen and dining facilities

    • Centre of Care residence includes ceiling lifts in each room, a bariatric room, private rooms & washrooms, and family rooms

    • Specialized shower and bathing facilities

    • In-house spa and massage services

    • On-site hairdressing salon

    • Community garden with water features and walking paths

    • Indoor and outdoor play area for children

When Every Moment Matters...
Our Vision for Guided Journeys Hospice & Palliative Care…
Imagine at the end of life there is a place that offers peace, comfort, and joy for you and your loved ones. Here, you will receive expert medical care and personalized attention. Upon entering, everyone is welcomed and greeted with a friendly face. Here, we celebrate life - your life -
a life well-lived and well-loved, a life not defined by illness but how you choose to live it. It is about providing a better ending and creating space for more of life's moments. This is Hospice. Life's Moments. Help us build Guided Journeys Hospice & Palliative Care for Lethbridge, AB.

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Guided Journeys Relies on your Generosity

All of us here at the Guided Journeys Foundation truly appreciate your support. We believe in providing exemplary care and compassion for those we serve and are most grateful to all our donors and community partners who share in our vision. Together, we are making a difference for hospice palliative care in the Lethbridge, AB.

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