At the end-of-life people need much more than medical care. They need a welcoming environment where they can die with dignity, surrounded by their loved ones and caregivers. It is with this in mind that a group of dedicated community members banded together to establish St. Raphael Palliative Care Home and Day Centre.
Our mission is to offer exceptional palliative care – free of charge – to people living with an incurable illness. We also give much needed respite support and services to loved ones and caregivers.
The Palliative Care Home
Our 12-bed hospice welcomes people from all over the island of Montreal, regardless of their social condition, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious beliefs.
The Day Centre
Our Day Centre is the first of its kind in Montreal. It complements our palliative care by offering an array of multidisciplinary services to guests living with an incurable disease, as well as to their caregivers and the bereaved. These include massage therapy, acupuncture, art therapy, music therapy, physio/ergo therapy, and social work services. We provide a unique and personalized way of supporting every individual throughout their journey with us, while aiming to limit hospitalization, prolong home care and prevent mental health issues caused by social isolation.
St. Raphael’s also aims to be a centre of excellence and innovation, promoting training and collaboration in the healthcare and education sectors.
We believe in the importance of living with dignity, and we aim to create a warm, safe and compassionate environment.
The current demand for palliative care in the health care system is overwhelmed and we help to alleviate that. Our Day Centre and its multidisciplinary services allow care to be provided much sooner after a diagnosis which improves quality of life and provides much-needed respite for caregivers.
Our Day Centre provides a warm and secure gathering place where caregivers, the bereaved and terminally ill people still living at home can receive various health care services, therapies and access to support groups.
We help to:
- Reduce physical and psychological symptoms
- Reduce the feeling of isolation
- Form new meaningful relationships
- Return people to their sense of self
- Improve quality of life
- Foster independence