Dec. 06, 2018
Designed in consultation with patients and family caregivers, the newly renovated Palliative Care Unit (PCU) at Parkwood Institute has all private home-like rooms and many special features such as a great room for friends and family to gather, living room, media room and accessible bathing room. Each of the patient rooms has individual heating and cooling controls and a couch that converts to a bed for family caregivers to sleep on. Above each patient’s bed is a high resolution photo light featuring a calming scene chosen by patients, such as clouds, trees or a field. Light has been used throughout the space to create an open and soothing atmosphere.
“There are many emotions that occur during the time when someone is facing death, or when losing a loved one. Our role as health care providers is to help our patients find comfort at the end of their life and be at peace. We help them live the best quality of life they can and support their family caregivers throughout the palliative care journey,” says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, St. Joseph’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Many of the special features in the new unit were made possible by the generosity of donors, who contributed $1.1 million through St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation to the $3.1 million renovation project.
“Donors to this project have brought comfort and peace to the patients and families who will place their faith in St. Joseph’s in the years to come,” says Michelle Campbell, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.
Barbara Del Net, whose family made a gift to support the renovation, experienced palliative care at St. Joseph’s when her husband Doug passed away last year. “We spent a lot of time there. When I saw the new space, I got goosebumps. I really wish my husband could see this… he’d be so proud.”
St. Joseph’s PCU has 18 beds for adults in London and Middlesex who do not need the level of medical care provided at an acute level facility. Patients can access palliative care through a referral from their family physician or a community care provider.