You Made a Difference – All 10 Patient Beds Replaced

 Last year, St. Joseph’s Hospice developed a plan to replace all 10 of its existing beds in our Hospice Home. After extensive research, Hill-Rom Centrella Smart Beds were selected to meet the needs of our patients and care staff, and much more. Not only do these beds prevent the development of pressure ulcers, but they also assist with fall prevention. Currently, our nursing staff members are alerted only when a resident leaves their bed. With a three-level Exit Alarm, the beds will detect if the resident is lying in bed, sitting on the edge of the bed, or is out of bed. Patients can be turned easily in the beds. Finally, the beds are better sized for the residential suites allowing the patient to leave their suite and be easily moved within our Hospice home. Not only is this helpful in an emergency situation, but the movement of the bed also allows the resident to enjoy such facility benefits as the garden, patio and living room.

St. Joseph’s Hospice put out a call for support, and we are delighted to report that we have now received the funding for all 10 beds.

Four new beds were purchased in 2019, thanks to the generous support of:

  • The Harold E. Ballard Foundation
  • Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation
  • The Royal Canadian Legion
  • The Walter J. Blackburn Foundation
  • Tony and Joy Abbott

Most recently, Hospice received a most generous gift of $102,000 from The Mitchell and Kathryn Baran Family Foundation. With that gift, we have now ordered the remaining six beds.

Thank you to this most generous community of supporters who understand the importance of patient care and comfort, especially in these most difficult of times. We could not do it without you. You are making a difference.