Two fundamental vocations
Palliative care home
12 palliative care beds
Nursing care, comfort, reassurance, and respite services, hygiene services, assistance with eating
Team of professionals
Doctors, nurses and assistants, pharmacists, patient care attendants, social workers, psychologists
Customized care based on individual needs
Great respect for patients’ privacy, autonomy, and beliefs
Possibility of involving loved ones in care
Support services for loved ones and caregivers
Typical room model
An approach that has already proven its worth elsewhere in Quebec
Capacity for twenty terminally ill patients at a time, who are living at home
5,000 visits per year
A warm gathering place where patients can relax, confide in others, and find comfort
While providing a beneficial break for loved ones and caregivers during this difficult period
Complete range of care and services
Medical: professional consultations, nursing, physiotherapy, etc.
Psychosocial: individual and group sessions, art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy
Training, conferences, thematic discussions
Recreational: drawing and painting workshops, light exercise, yoga, relaxation, board games, etc.
Even though labour costs will be significantly reduced by the important contributions of a team of volunteers, the construction and operation of St. Raphael’s for the first two years require a contribution of $10 million to be funded by the community.
|Land purchase (transferred from the Archidiocese of Montreal)||-$|
|Construction – turnkey project||$4,000,000|
|Professional fees (engineering, architecture, design, and environment)||$500,000|
|Start-up and marketing expenses||$450,000|
|Construction management costs||$100,000|
|Furniture, equipment, and supplies||$545,000|
|Financial and legal fees||$65,000|
|Contingencies and net taxes||$790,000|
We are here
|2016||Contribution to annual operating costs confirmed by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.|
|2015||Beginning of the major fundraising campaign.|
|Awareness raising events.|
|Bonds established with the community, hospitals and organizations offering palliative care, as well as the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’île-de-Montréal.|
|2012||Feasibility study conducted with potential large donors, yielding favourable results.|
|2011||Site rezoned by the Borough of CDN-NDG with a focus on sustainable development and harmonious integration.|
|2010||Construction and operating cost studies completed.|
|2010||Architectural plans drawn up.|
|2009||Recognized as a charitable organization by the Canada Revenue Agency.|
|2009||Agreement with the Archdiocese of Montreal for site development.|
Why a palliative care home and day centre?
In Montreal, there are an estimated 14 facilities offering palliative care, with a total of 190 beds. Governments and other agencies are making efforts to increase the number of beds, but in spite of this the supply remains inadequate to provide for existing waiting lists and estimated needs over the next five to ten years.
With our aging population, the number of people suffering from an incurable illness is constantly increasing.
Medical advances have allowed us to eradicate some illnesses, and even extend life expectancy. Nevertheless, incurable illnesses still strike and bring with them the realization that, beyond medical care, terminally ill patients need a warm environment where they can pass away with dignity, surrounded by their loved ones and
caregivers. It is with this in mind that medical services are today being committed to easing the end-of-life transition through palliative care.
The palliative care approach is based on accepting death as a natural part of life. Instead of focusing on finding a cure at all costs or resigning oneself to suffering, palliative care aims to relieve physical and psychological pain and to enhance the quality of life for terminally ill patients.
What’s more, as soon as a palliative approach is initiated, the wishes and desires of the dying person are taken into account, as are the needs and roles of the family, friends and caregivers who accompany the terminally ill person.
The goal is to offer an end of life imbued with compassion, respect and humanity.