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For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2003

Palliative Care Room Opens at Peel Manor

(Brampton) - There is a special room at Peel Manor. It is a garden, filled with the warmth and beauty of summer colours. It's a place where flowers blossom, butterflies flutter, and where, surrounded by love and care, a human life will come to an end one day. Peel Manor, one of the Regional long-term care centres,

Members of the Palliative Care Resource Team

Lay Minister Hugh McGuire and Linda Instance, Administrator of Peel Manor, cut the ribbon the opening of the palliative care room.

Sharon Cochrane was instrumental in making the palliative care room a reality. She painted the room and came up with the garden theme.

recently opened a palliative care room, the first one of its kind.

"This project has been two years in the making. It's a good feeling to know that we have a comforting and private place in our facility for someone who is dying," said Doris Rice, Director of Care at Peel Manor and a member of the Palliative Care Resource Team.

The location for the palliative care room has been carefully selected to make sure it's close to a nursing station and to the bathroom. The interior design was thoughtfully put together by a team of dedicated people to make it feel like home and to meet the needs of a palliative care resident. In the room itself, there is a bed covered with a handmade quilt, a rest area for family members, a TV set, several books, a Bible, and a closet. The room was painted by Sharon Cochrane whose mother lives in Peel Manor and who came up with the garden theme.

"When I think about where I want to die, I think of a garden. It's a beautiful and serene place to end life's journey," says Sharon.

More than 20 Peel Manor staff and volunteers donated their time and skills to this project. Many of them have had experience caring for someone in the last stages of a person's life. They admit that it's an emotionally challenging task requiring a great deal of patience, compassion, teamwork and support from co-workers.

"When dying residents' relatives are not available to provide support, our palliative care resource team members and volunteers take over, attending to the residents' needs and lending spiritual support. No one should die alone," said Doris.

Palliative care is a compassionate care for someone who is dying. Members of the Palliative Care Team at Peel Manor are trained to care for a person in the last stages of life and assist family members to meet the needs of their loved ones.

Peel Manor is one of the Region of Peel long-term care centres. For over 100 years, Peel Manor's dedicated and professional staff and volunteers have provided high quality care to ensure the physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of each resident. Peel Manor is located at 525 Main St., in Brampton.

For more information about the Region of Peel's long-term care centres and services, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit www.peel-longtermcare.on.ca

Janette Smith
Director, Long Term Care
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2647

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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