Who can be admitted to St. Raphael’s?
How will patients be selected?
At the palliative care home, the 12 beds will be registered with the health and social services network. When a patient needs to be placed in palliative care, their doctor is the one who undertakes the process of finding an available bed; if the patient wishes to be placed in a palliative care home, a bed is typically assigned in priority within the patient’s residential neighbourhood. At the day centre, any person may attend, subject to the centre’s capacity limit.
If I make a donation, can I place a loved-one who is terminally ill?
We are extremely grateful for any and all support we receive for St. Raphael’s. However, it is not possible to manage admissions to the home or day centre on the basis of donations we may receive.
Will a patient who regularly visits the day centre automatically be admitted to the home when the time comes?
We hope so, but that might not be the case. Patients will be placed on the basis of demand for and availability of beds, typically in priority within the patient’s residential neighbourhood.
Why a day centre?
As soon as a palliative care approach is initiated, the patient can benefit from a number of services that will help them get through this difficult period, even when they are still living at home. The day centre will be a warm, family-oriented gathering place where patients can receive services, and also relax, confide in others, and find comfort, and it will offer loved ones and caregivers a beneficial break. While this concept has already proven its worth, there are no palliative care day centres in Montreal at this time.
Will the day centre offer services only to patients, or to their loved ones and caregivers as well?
Day centre services will primarily be intended for terminally ill patients. However, some support services will also be offered to loved ones and caregivers.
Why does St. Raphael’s need to raise money, for services that are offered for free by the healthcare system? Doesn’t the Quebec Government pay for these services?
It is true that palliative care is included in the health services paid for by the government. However, there is a lack of palliative care beds in Montreal, so there’s a great need to add more beds. If we want to offer free palliative care services to the Montreal community, they must be financed mainly through private donations. The Quebec government does not finance the construction of private health care buildings, and only provides funding for a portion of the operating costs for palliative care beds.
How will St. Raphael’s finance its operating expenses once it opens?
The Health Ministry has already agreed to finance part (approximately 38%) of the operating costs for the 12 palliative care beds. The rest of the funds needed to operate the home and day centre will come from private donations, through annual campaigns and other fundraising efforts.
Is the Catholic Church involved in this project?
The Archdiocese of Montreal has generously transferred (through an emphyteutic lease) the use of the building and land that will become the home and day centre, which will welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of their social condition, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.
Will St. Raphael’s offer medical assisted death?
St. Raphael’s will offer palliative care; therefore it will not offer medically assisted death. We are convinced that if a person receives high-quality palliative care in a warm and family-oriented environment, surrounded by loved ones and caregivers, they will not wish to resort to medically assisted death. Palliative care aims to relieve the suffering and discomfort of a person in the terminal phase of an incurable illness so as to improve their quality of end of life. St. Raphael’s service offering will be clearly explained to potential patients during the admission process.
Who are the donors?
In addition to the contributions from St. Raphael’s administrators and major fundraising campaign committee chairs and members, we are soliciting donations from residents in the boroughs serviced by the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux), including Outremont, Mount-Royal, Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG), Ville-Marie, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montreal West, Côte Saint-Luc, as well as from companies, financial institutions, private foundations and, of course, the Friends of St. Raphael’s.