Re­gio­nal pal­lia­tive care home opens doors to pu­blic

Staff ready for first pa­tients

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To­day and to­mor­row, the new­ly ope­ned Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Pal­lia­tive Care Re­si­dence in Hud­son is ex­pec­ted to wel­come its first pa­tients and their fa­mi­lies. And though the home’s end-of-life pur­pose may be cloa­ked in sad­ness, an open house held last wee­kend was any­thing but.

It was an ef­fort five years in the ma­king, say an ar­my of vo­lun­teersw­ho have wor­ked ti­re­less­ly du­ring the time to raise mo­ney, secure go­vern­ment ap­pro­val at amul­ti­tude of le­vels and then pro­mises of free la­bour. But last Sa­tur­day and Sunday, close to 1,000 people from the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes region, Sa­la­ber­ryde-Val­ley­field, theWest Is­land and beyond tou­red the home’s four com­ple­ted be­drooms, its kit­chen, fa­mi­ly room­sand other areas.

Tours fol­lo­wed a ce­re­mo­nial rib­bon cut­ting and re­lea­sing of doves in the days be­fore.

Va­lé­rie Ville­neuve, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and events co­or­di­na­tor, said most guests com­men­ted on the home’s “eve­ry­day” fee­ling du­ring the open house that took place on Sep­tem­ber 11 and 12. pos­sible once pa­tients be­gin to ar­rive.

“We don’t want to dis­rupt our pa­tients by ha­ving people wal­king around and ta­king tours.”

And some of the people who at­ten­ded the open house were so cap­tu­red by the se­rene at­mos­phere they in­qui­red about re­ser­ving fu­ture spots.

“Most people were not even sick, they just as­ked if they could have their name on a list in case they do get sick,” Ville­neuve ex­plai­ned.

The ans­wer, by the way, is no, people can not re­serve places in ad­vance.

First pa­tients ar­rive

Though the open house wee­kend was a happy oc­ca­sion, the ho­me­will be­gin to serve its long-awai­ted pur­pose in the region this week. To­day, staff will wel­come the first pa­tient, while ano­ther should ar­rive to­mor­row.

Ville­neuve says wel­co­ming days will re­volve around one pa­tient at a time. Pa­tients are given a be­droom, she said, while other ac­com­mo­da­tions are set aside for fa­mi­ly mem­bers should they wish to stay.

The re­si­dence will of­fer pal­lia­tive care, or end of life sup­port, to people who know they are in their fi­nal days.

Ville­neuve says care and ser­vices will be gea­red to­ward each pa­tient, to help them live their last days with res­pect and di­gni­ty. The home is al­so set up so fa­mi­lies can be close by.

“Our staff is not here to cure anyone or to try to save them, we know what will hap­pen. We are here to ease their phy­si­cal, spi­ri­tual and men­tal pain.” The re­si­dence will ac­com­mo­date four pa­tients a year for the first year. Af­ter that it is ex­pec­ted to wel­come up to 12 pa­tients at a time. The ave­rage pa­tients’ stay will last bet­ween two and th­ree weeks, though pa­tients can stay at the home up to four months.

Ser­vices, of­fe­red in French and in En­glish, will be free for Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes re­si­dents and their fa­mi­lies, though small costs for food will be char­ged.

The Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes Pal­lia­tive Care Re­si­dence is lo­ca­ted at 90, rue Como Gardens in Hud­son. For in­for­ma­tion, to vo­lun­teer or to make a do­na­tion, call 450 202-2202, or go to www.fssvs.org. Though pu­blic tours are no lon­ger avai­lable, the centre will post photos from the open house on its web­site.

A rib­bon cut­ting of­fi­cial­ly ope­ned the pal­lia­tive care home.

Syl­vie Crevier, Pre­sident of the Board of Di­rec­tors, in front of the new Hud­son home.

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