New partnership a ‘win-win’ for West Lake Terrace and Hospice Prince Edward: LEC

‘We are going to be another avenue for Hospice Prince Edward to get the word out about all the great things that they do’

Janie Denard says the new partnership between West Lake Terrace and Hospice Prince Edward will be a “win-win” for both the Picton-area long-term care home and hospice.

The foundation of the partnership is based on ensuring West Lake Terrace residents with no outside support from friends or family can receive a volunteer from Hospice Prince Edward to come to the home to tend to their emotional needs.

In return, West Lake Terrace will be a conduit for spreading the word about the excellent palliative care services the hospice provides the community, explains Janie, West Lake Terrace’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

“We are going to be another avenue for Hospice Prince Edward to get the word out about all the great things that they do,” Janie tells The OMNIway.

“We are going to be including an insert in our admissions package, highlighting the services that are available.”

Spending time in a long-term care home will also help volunteers enhance their skill sets, she adds.

“A long-term-care-home setting is different from volunteering in a community setting,” Janie says.

Hospice Prince Edward also accepts donations of mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs and walkers. Janie says West Lake Terrace sometimes has a surplus of mobility equipment families have donated.

When this happens, she says West Lake Terrace plans to donate excess mobility equipment to Hospice Prince Edward.

“And they take donations from the community; that’s something we didn’t know,” Janie says “They also loan out that equipment as well, so that may become a benefit to us, if we ever get into a position where we need something right away.”

The result Janie says she expects to see from the partnership with Hospice Prince Edward is more supports provided to residents and their families, “and that is huge.”

“The more resources we have to pool from in the community to provide the utmost quality care for our residents, the better, and I am all on board,” she says.

“In long-term care, if we can engage community supports to enhance the quality of life for our residents, it’s a win-win all around.”

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