Posted February 24, 2014
Palliative care patients and their families at Lloydminster Hospital now have a more comfortable, connected and expanded environment in which to receive the care and support they need.
The Palliative Care Unit of Lloydminster Hospital has undergone a $100,000 facelift and expansion, thanks to the generous support of donors through the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation (LRHF) and collaboration with Prairie North Health Region (PNHR). The Unit is now comprised of three rooms consolidated in a quiet area on the third floor of Lloydminster Hospital - a change from the previous two rooms located separately in busy areas of the Third Floor.
Each of the three rooms has a sleeping area with a large sleeper chair. Two rooms share a kitchen area stocked with the comforts of home for family members having to stay overnight. the third room has its own kitchenette. Nurse Manager Michael Caron notes that the Unit also now includes a sitting area for family and friends. Families are now able to be present with one another for conversation and support.
"This renovation will provide patients and their families the true comforts they deserve at this difficult time of life," said Caron. "The renovation and co-location also allows staff members to concentrate on palliative care rather than combining it with other acute care duties. Staff will have the training they need to focus on providing the patient and families the support they need."
“Attention to palliative care patients and their loved ones is an important component of the enhancement to health care that our donors are strongly committed to,” said Wendy Plandowski, Chief Executive Officer of LRHF. “This project at Lloydminster Hospital is another powerful example of what our community can accomplish when we all come together with one purpose and the patients' best interests at heart.”
Dave Schneider, LRHF Board Chair added, “We are pleased to see the community step up and give so generously to such a critical project. It is very encouraging to know that there are many people in Lloydminster and surrounding areas who make health care their priority. Their passion ensures that the Health Foundation can provide support to programs that move our health care above and beyond the basics, towards excellence.”
Brenda Servold, PNHR Lloydminster Palliative Care Coordinator, said she is "pleased we have a space to offer patients and families comfort, dignity and excellent care through this final journey in life. I have some trained volunteers as well as staff who hope to offer a more holistic and home-like environment. A huge thank you to all those who have generously donated to support this much needed venture.”
The joint project between PNHR and LRHF required the collaboration of donors, health care professionals and health foundation staff. The project was completed in six months.
Patients in Lloydminster Hospital along with their families will appreciate the attention to detail found in the new unit.