About the Grace Hospice
The Grace Hospice is a free-standing palliative care facility on the grounds of Grace Hospital. It provides an environment where people living with progressing illness can live in an atmosphere of peace and comfort. Compassionate, responsive care is provided by staff, physicians and volunteers dedicated to offering respectful support. Residents are helped to experience reduced suffering, improved comfort and opportunities to realize the potential for personal growth and spiritual healing in the last days of their life.
A home-like atmosphere
The Hospice opened to its first residents in January of 2004. Even at 18,000 square feet, the environment is home-like, offering 12 spacious resident rooms, each equipped with a television, microwave, coffee maker, telephone, ample closet space, private bath including shower and pull-out sofa bed for family members wishing to stay with the resident. Other features include a chapel, dining room, children’s play area, sunroom and patio. Each resident room provides a view of the grounds and Sturgeon Creek. Residents and their families are encouraged to surround themselves with things from their own homes, to personalize their space in a way that is meaningful to them.
What are the costs of the Hospice?
The daily rate (per diem) for hospice care is $30, payable at the end of each month through the Grace Hospital Finance Department. This charge includes 24 hour nursing care, on site food preparation that is resident-centred (meals are prepared on site with the preferences of residents in mind), housekeeping services, telephone and computer access and amenities for in-room food and beverage preparation, such as a kettle, microwave and fridge. Families can arrange to join their loved one for meals at a reasonable cost. Resident medication costs are covered with very few exceptions by the Manitoba Health Pharmacy Drug Access Program. Each resident may choose their own preferred pharmacy for service.
Who is part of the team?
The Hospice is staffed by nurses, resident aides, clerical staff, dietary personnel, spiritual caregivers, and staff who manage the hospice environment and supplies. Their work is complemented by the contributions of many volunteers. Community physicians as well as physicians, staff and home care services of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Palliative Care program collaborate with our hospice team. Other supports are provided through the Grace Hospital and Grace Hospital Foundation. Links with other community programs are also in place to enhance the quality of life of residents.
During a resident’s stay at the Hospice, his or her room is home: therefore visitors are most welcome and encouraged. There are no prescribed visiting hours. Resident rooms are equipped to allow visitors to stay with the residents. A play area is available for small children, and the entertainment area, complete with DVD player, VCR and assorted movies, is available to visitors of all ages. We wish to provide a comfortable atmosphere for all of our residents, so we ask that noise levels be kept at a respectful level in common areas at all times.
How is the Hospice supported financially?
The Grace Hospice would not have become a reality without the generous support of donors in our community. The Grace Hospital Foundation supplements operating funds the Hospice receives within the budget of the hospital. Donations are received in a number of ways, including in-memoriam tributes for individuals who received care at the Hospice.
If you would like more information about providing support to the Hospice, contact the Grace Hospital Foundation at 204-837-0375.
For further information please contact the WRHA Palliative Care Program at 204-837-0763.