I lost two very dear people to cancer in the past few years…my cousin Elaine and my mother-in-law/friend Betty. Both deaths were a time with family close by, with wonderful pain management, and in a warm & comfortable setting. Two different spots….hundreds of miles apart… but both in hospices. The cost? Free. The value? Invaluable! To family and to the individuals themselves.
Where does the funding for Hospice Care Ottawa come from? Your taxes pay for a portion but the remainder comes from dedicated people and businesses in the community that believe in palliative care. The Kanata Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice depends upon $2,000,000 from donations and fund-raising annually. This has become one of my main causes that I have chosen to support. It is so easy to do…. with a simple monthly donation….which allows them the cash flow so desperately needed.
So many people are just not aware of what a hospice is or palliative care. I was one of those until experiencing it with my family members. Research has shown that those that experience palliative care early experience a much better quality of life. Recently, I visited the new west-end hospice,Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice, located at the corner of Maple Grove & McCurdy Drive in Kanata (where the old Presbyterian Church used to be) and had a tour around this warm and inviting spot where people are invited to come and spend their last days, in a spot with wonderful food, round-the-clock nursing care, a palliative doctor, an abundance of free parking, and fabulous sunny and warm private rooms. All free of charge!
I was overwhelmed by the finishings in the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice. It was like I was in a lovely home. And …..the fact that they also have Day-programs…..where individuals can come and spend the day…again all free of charge….is so needed. Here is information on the day programs AND on the home care program:
Day Hospice provides a weekly day out in a comfortable friendly and home-like environment. Delicious food is served and there are a variety of activities that can include art, complementary therapies, music and more. Camaraderie and laughter are some of the reasons Day Hospice is so popular. Click here for more information about our Day Hospice program.
Hours: 10:00 – 14:00, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays
Additional Benefits include:
- Weekly social interaction with peers
- Emotional support
- Respite for caregivers
- Weekly nurse assessments and communication with physicians as needed
- Located at 4 different locations across the city
(Kanata, Richmond, Ottawa & Orléans)
If the individual is still living at home but not up to going out for 5 hours, our In-Home Support program offers comfort and practical support through visiting volunteers. Our nurse will visit you to assess and match you with a volunteer who can provide a reassuring presence, companionship and comfort measures while providing respite for caregivers. Click here for more information about our In-Home Volunteer Support program
To make a referral to our Community Hospice Care programs call 613-591-6002 or 613-260-2906 and select option 4.
All services are provided at no charge thanks to the support of our generous donors and volunteers. You can help us to ensure comfort and care is available to those who need it most by making a donation.
Click here to donate online or call 613-260-2906 ext. 222