The VSPCR reopens its doors to patients and their families


PHOTO COURTESY VSPCR

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols (second from left) and Soulanges MNA Marilyne Picard (second from right) were on hand to help the Vaudreuil-Soulange Palliative Care Residence celebrate their reopening to patients June 23.

After being forced to stop accepting patients in mid-May due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence (VSPCR) is again welcoming patients at its Como Gardens location in Hudson.

“After seven weeks of silence broken only by the noises of maintenance work in the hallway of patient rooms, the sound of footsteps, and phones ringing, the reassuring voices of healthcare staff and those of patients chatting with their loved ones in their rooms are heard again at the VSPCR,” the residence wrote in a communiqué issued June 29.

The VSPCR officially took in its first new patients June 23. As reported online in The Journal May 14, all patients had been transferred to other clinical facilities and nursing staff were home self-isolating following an outbreak of the coronavirus at the residence on May 4.

Following a recent socially-distanced meeting with the VSPCR staff, Soulanges MNA Marilyne Picard said, “I am very appreciative of the work of the VSPCR. Despite the pandemic, the team showed great courage and resilience to maintain their services as much as possible. I invite all citizens to give generously to the facility which makes such a big difference in the region.”

“This temporary interruption in the provision of our care and services was essential to protect the health of patients, their families, doctors and other staff, and also to stop the spread of the virus,” read the communiqué.

Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols was also at the meeting to celebrate the return to day-to-day operations. “The reopening of the VSOCR is comforting news for those at the end of their lives and their loved ones. As I have always said, it is an essential service for our citizens.”

VSPCR staff and management are eager to be able to once again offer the end-of-life palliative care which all families wish to benefit from: professional care provided humanely with dignity and serenity.

The residence is taking all the necessary precautions – hygiene, distancing and appropriate logistics measures – in order to be able to continue to provide care safely.

"It is with pride and optimism that the residence’s great team continues its essential mission for the community," said Anne Lauzon, President of the VSPCR Foundation.

The VSPCR has been offering specialized palliative care since September, 2010 to people of all ages suffering from a terminal illness, with respect and dignity, and this, completely free. For more information, you can visit www.mspvs.org.

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