PALLIATIVE CARE SUITE – ACUTE CARE UNIT
Officially Opened September 2005
Lady Minto Hospital operates the Salt Spring Island Palliative Care Program as a partnership between the Hospital and the community and was granted the U.B.C. J. F. McCreary Interdisciplinary Health Care Award in 1997. The program combines the expertise of home care and hospital nurses, physicians, home support workers, dietitian, pharmacist, community rehabilitation workers, hospice volunteers and clergy to meet the special care and comfort needs of our palliative care patients.
End of life care includes medical, social, emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family. Providing a Palliative Care Suite at the hospital enables the palliative care team to care for those concerned at the hospital as well as at home.
For palliative care patients who are unable to remain at home, this suite provides a private space for them and their loved ones. The suite features a private garden entrance, ensuite bathroom, home-like décor and furnishings, a quiet location, galley kitchen for patient and visitor use and overnight accommodation for family members. Placing the suite in the acute care area of the hospital is ideal for the patient and family, as they have 24-hour access to the professional Palliative Care Team.
MANY THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY OF DONORS:
“Furnishings and Comforts” funded by:
Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary
Bessie Dane Foundation & Hospice
H.M.S. Ganges Chapter I.O.D.E.
Salt Spring Stitchers
Donna Vidalin Memorial Fund
And the general support of our many community donors.
PALLIATIVE CARE ROOM – EXTENDED CARE UNIT
Opened in June 2010
At the end stages of life, when a person requires the comforts of home, finding some private time can be difficult. Having the new palliative care room on Extended Care has solved this problem. The new room has been designed with the comforts of home, including a private patio access directly from the room. Having this dedicated space will also ensure that our residents will experience continuity of care on the same unit that has been their home, with familiar staff including nurses and nurse aides who have know them and cared for them for some time.
Some of the features that were purchased through donations include:
- Easy chair/hide-a-bed for family member wishing to spend the night
- Patio door with screen to provide fresh air to the room
- Private fencing and gate for patio
- Book shelf and stereo system with patio speakers
- Table with awning, large planters and water feature
- Flat screen T.V.
- Handmade quilts
- Stained glass night lamp
BUILDING PROJECT FUNDED BY:
LADY MINTO HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
“FURNISHINGS & COMFORTS” FUNDED BY:
BARBARA ARCHER & ROB OLIVER
ESTATE OF ALBERT (BERT) JAMES UNDERWOOD
GULF ISLANDS SHRINE CLUB #39
LADY MINTO HOSPITAL AUXILIARY
SALT SPRING STITCHERS
JOHN & ISOBEL RICHARDSON & THE QUILTERS GUILD