The time is now for Edmonton’s Home for Hospice
When asked most people will say when it’s their time they would prefer to die at home. But reality is almost 60% of Canadian deaths happen in hospital.
Pilgrims Hospice Society has determined that the time is now to give Edmontonians specialized end-of-life care in a setting with all the comforts of home.
In spring of 2019, the organization launched a $15 million Home for Hospice campaign to build Edmonton’s first stand-alone residential community hospice.
The Roozen Family Hospice Centre will offer specialized end-of-life care and grief support in a beautiful, relaxed and family-friendly community hospice.
The new facility will feature 12 residential hospice suites providing 24/7 specialized nursing care, integrated with counselling and program space to support the end-of-life journey for patients and their loved ones from diagnosis, through death and grief.
For 25 years, Pilgrims Hospice Society has quietly provided hospice support programs to individuals and families. The time is now for Pilgrims Hospice Society to take its established foundation of expertise and expand services to include residential hospice care.
An aging population, increase in chronic disease and the need for alternative cost-effective care options support the case for the project. The organization celebrated the start of construction in August 2019 with 65% of the $15 million campaign goal raised.
The aim is to open the Roozen Family Hospice Centre by the end of 2020.
Let’s give comfort and grace a home
Purpose-built and in character with the mature, residential neighbourhood of Crestwood (Candy Cane Lane) in Edmonton’s west-end, the Roozen Family Hospice Centre will look and feel like a home.
Quality of life should include death
Twelve thoughtfully designed hospice palliative suites are provisioned to maximise comfort at end of life with ambient lighting, temperature control, private washroom and furniture that can accommodate overnight stays of loved ones. Spa-like therapeutic tub rooms, private and shared dining and living spaces and access to a beautifully designed courtyard complement the residential hospice experience.
Room to Grieve
Family rooms, quiet reflection rooms, counselling and spiritual care spaces are designed for comfort with fireplaces and family-friendly furnishings. A lower level is dedicated to grief support programs for adults, children, teens, families and hospice care services for the broader community.