Emmanuel House Hospice re-opens its doors
Donors’ generosity plays a big role in modernizing our community hospice
Good Shepherd’s iconic Emmanuel House on Stinson Street, Hamilton, has re-opened its doors to palliative care patients and their families following eight months of renovations and modernization.
“We realized last year that it was time to refresh our architectural jewel,” says Katherine Kalinowski, assistant executive director of programs.Good Shepherd’s iconic Emmanuel House on Stinson Street, Hamilton, has re-opened its doors to palliative care patients and their families following eight months of renovations and modernization.
Emmanuel House now has new amenities to enhance the comfort of residents and their guests. Our hospice rooms are brightly painted and have new furniture, including state-of-the-art hospital beds, over-the-bed tables, televisions and lounge chairs.
“We’ve made it into a more hospitable environment than it already was. Everything we did was with an eye to support residents’ comfort and provide them with the highest level of care,” says Katherine. “It’s a beautiful and peaceful setting for the residents, their families and friends. We want to work with them so they are able to write their own scripts as they face their life-limiting illnesses.”
Much of the renovations were made possible by the generosity of Good Shepherd’s donors who, when asked, readily designated their gifts to the hospice improvements. More than $136,000 was raised from our donors.
Renovations on the building were so essential and complicated that we could not perform clinical care while the work was being undertaken. Thanks to community partnerships, Emmanuel House’s palliative care services were operated in a self-contained unit at St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton’s West 5th Campus from October 18 to June 27. During our stay at St. Joe’s we cared for 27 residents as they experienced their end-of-life journey with dignity.
Emmanuel House is one part of Good Shepherd’s continuum of care in the Greater Hamilton Area, which includes emergency food and clothing services; emergency shelter for men, youth, women and children, and families; mental health crisis support; transitional and supportive housing programs; seniors support services; and hospice palliative care.
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