Introducing Edmonton’s first residential community hospice, the Roozen Family Hospice Centre.
A welcoming hub of support, the Roozen Family Hospice Centre will provide a place of comfort and compassion, combining the best end-of-life care models from across the country. The Centre will offer specialized person- and family-centred care from a homelike, community setting.
At the heart of the new centre will be a warm and family-friendly end-of-life residence with 12 suites for individuals in the final stages of life who do not require acute medical care. Open kitchen and dining, child play spaces, quiet rooms and dedicated living spaces will allow residents to live fully, in their own unique way and on their own schedule, surrounded by loved ones and cared for by specialized professional staff and trained, supportive volunteers.
An integrated hospice wellness centre will offer individual and community support programs, including respite for caregivers, counselling for those experiencing loss and grief, and knowledgeable staff that can help answer any questions or concerns around end-of-life.
Differentiators of an integrated community hospice care model
Complementary to end-of-life support currently available in Edmonton, the Residential Community Hospice Centre will:
- Provide comprehensive end-of-life care, from diagnosis through death to bereavement.
- Operate within a purpose-built facility that has the ambiance and comfort of a home rather than a hospital or institutional facility.
- Provide integrated services through programming that attends to both the ill person and their loved ones.
- Care for the whole person, addressing physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs through a multidisciplinary specialized team approach.
When end-of-life care is shifted from hospital to residential hospice care, overall financial sustainability is improved while at the same time enhancing quality of life for the individual and their family.
A history of compassion
For over two decades, Pilgrims Hospice Society has upheld the belief that death is a human experience, rather than a medical one. Established in 1994 as a not-for-profit, registered charity, Pilgrims Hospice Society has been rooted in the community since the beginning. Today, the organization is supported by a stable and growing Community of Compassion. Volunteers contribute over 4000 hours of service annually and over 90% of its annual operating budget is raised from individual donors, planned legacy giving, corporate partnerships and foundation funding.
Established End-of-Life Support Programming
Pilgrims Hospice Society has consistently delivered effective end-of-life support programming to the community. Spiritual care and complementary therapies (art, pet, recreation and massage therapies) are interwoven among the following person and family-centered programs:
Adult Day Hospice Program / Volunteer Home-Visiting Program / No One Dies Alone Program / Bereavement Support Groups / Grief Counselling for Adults, Children + Families / Expressive Arts for Grieving Children + Youth
A Hub of Specialized Information Sharing
In addition to continuously training community volunteers through the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program, Pilgrims Hospice's experienced and specialized staff increasingly provide end-of-life workshops and education to the community and to professionals.
Pilgrims Hospice Society has operated from a repurposed building in the mature Edmonton neighbourhood of Crestwood since it was purchased in 2000. This accessible and beautiful location, directly west of downtown, bordering Glenora and west-end communities is ideal for a residential community hospice centre.
With a legacy of providing end-of- life care in the greater Edmonton area, Pilgrims Hospice Society has evolved into an organization that is positioned to do more and prepared to deliver.
The time has come to offer our established programs alongside residential hospice care - in a purpose-built, standalone building: A Home for Hospice.
~ Monica Robson, Executive Director