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