Overall, hospice palliative care focuses on the individual, their needs and those of the family. It’s about living well until the end of life. The approach respects the personal values of patients and their families as they navigate the challenges of a terminal illness. The Hospice Residence will offer a special place of comfort and compassion. Here, a vital kind of healthcare is provided—encompassing the best end-of-life care models from around the globe.
The Hospice Residence will be a warm, family-friendly 10 bed residence. It will offer comfortable rooms for individuals in the final stages of life who do not require the acute medical care provided in hospital. Open kitchen and dining areas, dedicated living and cultural spaces, quiet rooms, gardens and child play spaces will allow residents to live their best life. They will be able to do so in their own way, in their own time, surrounded by loved ones while being cared for by a team of professional palliative care staff and trained, supportive volunteers.
In this home away from home, celebrations and laughter are encouraged. Music is played, children and pets are welcome, and meals can be eaten when wanted. When family and caregivers are relieved of the full responsibility of caregiving, they can return to being a husband, a wife, a daughter, a son a brother or a sister. As has always been our tradition, our community will be providing a circle of palliative care that is woven with comfort, compassion and understanding.
The Hospice Residence will also offer support programs for families and caregivers experiencing grief and loss to begin their healing process.
Focusing on a Community Need
The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County has been active in the community for 33 years. While much has been achieved in terms of support for patients and families of the Palliative Care Service, the Society has had one unmet goal since inception – the establishment of a Hospice Residence.
The Board sees 2020 as the pivotal year for that goal to become a reality and recently committed to a 3-year Strategic Plan (2019 -2022). The plan focuses on five key strategic directions that speak to the opportunities and challenges that expansion of services brings for this much needed health care resource. As well, the Society remains fully committed to providing the many varied supports to palliative care patients and families in the An Cala Unit, in hospital, in long term care and in their homes.
The Board looks forward to community participation as together, we can accomplish important tasks.