(Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Halifax, NS)
Halifax’s first hospice residence for Nova Scotian patients and their families celebrated its official opening today, April 17, at 618 Francklyn Street in Halifax. The facility will welcome patients and families by the end of the month.
The 10-bed hospice residence, designed by architect Anne Sinclair, will provide end-of-life care for people living with a terminal illness. The facility cost $7 million to build.
“We often say, ‘hospice is in community, for community, by community.’ To that end, it’s impossible to express the level of gratitude we feel for the years of ongoing support we’ve received from our funding partners, donors, volunteers, and community members,” said Gordon Neal, CEO of Hospice Halifax. “The collective hard work has come to fruition with the hospice residence opening. We encourage everyone to attend our open house events before patients and families arrive.”
“This wonderful facility will have a positive impact on so many Nova Scotia patients and families, as loved ones receive the best of end-of-life care,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I congratulate everyone involved in making this hospice a reality.”
The hospice residence features a family kitchen, dining room, and living room; a children’s play room, outdoor terraces and garden, overnight accommodation for families, a house kitchen for patient meals, quiet areas, and a Centre for Training and Education.
Patients will receive professional nursing care with physician support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients and families can access on site programs, bereavement counselling, and social work consultation.
Services are free-of-charge for patients and families.
About 50 full-time, part-time, and casual staff members will offer clinical care and administrative services. About 100 volunteers will provide support.
People can bring gently used women’s clothing to the open house events for Hospice Halifax’s future social enterprise, to be announced at a later date.
Hospice Halifax will welcome about 150 patients a year whose palliative care needs can't be met at home and who don't need care in a hospital. Hospice Halifax will also provide services and support for about 1,800 family members, friends and peers every year.
For more information on how to apply to Hospice Halifax, or to donate online, visit the website at www.hospicehalifax.ca