New standalone centre long overdue for dedicated professionals, volunteers
Construction of a new standalone palliative care centre is comforting news for seriously ill Islanders and their families. The present eight-bed facility in the Prince Edward Home is outdated and while it provided great comfort over the past years, the needs for patients and families have changed and will be much better served in this new building.
The new centre continues the trend of Prince Edward Island developing one of the most comprehensive palliative care programs in Canada, predicts Dr. Mireille Lecours, the provincial palliative care medical consultant.
P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie says the new $5.2-million facility will improve the quality of life for patients and allow them to spend their last days as comfortable as possible with every opportunity to enjoy time with their families.
For those patients unable to spend their final days in comfort at home, the new centre will ensure patients receive a high quality of care in an environment where they feel comfortable, supported and at ease.
The original plan was to incorporate the palliative care centre in the new Prince Edward Home on the Beach Grove Road but the decision was made that the interests of the patients would be best served as a standalone facility which will be located between the QEH and the Sherwood Home on Murchison Drive.
The new facility will incorporate extra services such as a day program, respite services, an outpatient clinic, as well as a 10-bed palliative care unit. Also included in the design is a common room that will serve as a gathering place, kitchen and family room.
Lecours is confident the new facility will provide a number of great opportunities for patients and families.
For example, patients may want to stay at the centre during the day but return home with their families during the evening and overnight.
The centre will also serve community partners such as the Hospice Palliative Care Association of P.E.I. Professionals and volunteers who work in the field of hospice and palliative care provide tremendous help for patients and their families in a time of great need and they deserve to have the best facilities and support possible.
National Liberal Caucus comes to P.E.I.
It’s little wonder the National Liberal Caucus decided to meet this week on P.E.I. where the party holds three of the four seats in both the Commons and Senate.
The national wing must have finally decided it was time to reward P.E.I. for its long loyalty to the party, as this is the first time the caucus has met in this province.
Liberals are still trying to deal with the fact the party is in third place in the Commons and caucus members will be busy developing policy on how to regain the trust and support of Canadians. The party will also be preparing for what should be a tumultuous new sitting of Parliament in October.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will join MPs and senators from across Canada for the Brudenell meetings. Events actually open this evening in Charlottetown with a special public town hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the new P.E.I. Convention Centre which will focus on women in business and then deal with responsible natural resource development.
His own party members will no doubt grill Trudeau after he admitted he smoked marijuana within the past three years. He also knows Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in a combative mood as he starts the counts down to the next election. An admission of drug use by Trudeau will be music to the PM’s ears.