Cry for help the hospices

Cri à l’aide des maisons de soins palliatifs

The hospice du Québec are launching a cry of the heart to the population in order to be able to continue to offer their services to people at end of life.

“Thirty-five houses of palliative care in Quebec, currently, has a shortfall of around $ 30 million”, explained Marie-Julie Tschiember, director of the maison René-Verrier in Drummondville.

Because of the pandemic of the COVID-19, these institutions may not hold fundraising activities that allow them to seek the funds necessary for their operation.

“It is estimated, to the Alliance of the houses of palliative care, as there are about a third of our homes that are going to be very quickly run out of cash to get through the next few months to pay, if only their nurse, their nursing staff”, is concerned about it.

The Maison René Verrier has an annual budget of $ 1.35 million. It receives from the ministry of Health in the amount of 780 000 $, which leaves him the sum of $ 550,000 to go find it in the generosity of the public.

“Obviously, we turned to our people in the ministry to which we fully trust and we know we will be heard. It was very good hope. It has very good relations, but people of our communities must also continue to be there for us,” said Ms. Tschiember.

All hospices have financial fears and security. For example, despite all precautions, the palliative care residence, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, at Husdon, had to suspend its activities due to the outbreak of cases of COVID-19 at the beginning of the month of may.

Two patients, nine staff and a doctor have obtained positive results. It is not known when operations will resume.

Ideal Solution

Fortunately, home care, palliative René-Verrier Drummondville, no case is reported. Families of patients are pleased, because they do not want to be found elsewhere.

For Réjean Letendre and his wife Ginette Courchesne, is an ideal scenario. We wanted to be absolutely not that a man of 83 years, suffering from lung cancer, ends up in the hospital because of the pandemic.

“We couldn’t go see them, it would have been all alone”, said Ms. Courchesne.

However, visits are only permitted from 10 to 16 hours each day.

“There are people who would like to be there, but which are not allowed. It allows really just the immediate family,” explained Ariane Banville, a nurse of the place.

Unable to stay at the house and saw the extent of his illness, Mr. Letendre is fortunate to reside in a home palliative care.

“I was really lucky to have a place like that,” agreed the man in his eighties.

Each year, more than 140 patients with a prognosis of living less than two months and are hosted in Drummondville. Pandemic is forcing, the six doctors and thirty employees must follow strict rules to ensure that the coronavirus crosses not the doors of the building and 10 rooms.

“This is paradise, come here. For someone who is ill, in end-of-life, I find that it is the ideal solution,” says Ginette Courchesne.

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