Chapman House accepts first patients
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Chapman House
Its a big day for the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce.
They begin patient care on site Thursday, June 1 at Chapman House, newly constructed behind the Owen Sound hospital.
Its been four years in the making since they moved into their temporary space at Seasons retirement residence around the corner.
The new facility took a little over a year to build at a cost of $4 million with a little under $300,000 left to go.
Executive Director Scott Lovell says they’ve been looking forward to this day since they first put the shovels in the ground.
“We’re all feeling an immense sense of pride and accomplishment as well as a little bit overwhelmed. This space is much bigger than we’ve experienced before. The care options for families are much more broad so, we’ll have a little bit of learning to do”.
Here are 7 things you may not know about Chapman House ~
1. Chapman House has been designed to include a guest bedroom in each patient suite which is a feature unique to this hospice, and so far, not found at any other facility in Canada. About 2/3 of their patients at the regional facility come from outside the city of Owen Sound. The bedrooms allow a loved one to stay over.
2. The eight patient suites, which include a kitchenette complete with microwave and small fridge, also have patio doors that have been recessed into the floor and can be opened wide enough to wheel the beds outside into the private patio garden area.
3. Every space on the main floor of the Hospice is accessible to anyone in their care. The corridors and doorways are large enough to allow patients beds through the entire facility.
4. Chapman House includes a family lounge where patients and families can hold special celebrations – everything from birthday parties to anniversaries or even small wedding services. Inside that lounge – a little perk – Champman’s Ice Cream (after which the building was named to recognize their $1 million donation) have set up one of their freezers which will be stocked, in perpetuity with frozen treats.
5. One of the rooms Hospice staff and volunteers are most proud of is Kiwanis Kids Activity Room. More than just a play space, it includes features that take in to account the way children who are going through stressful times, interact with each other.
6. As soon as you enter Chapman House, you’re greeted by the beautiful, homey communal kitchen. There might be soup cooking on the stove or cookies baking in the oven – just another way this facility creates a ‘home’ setting.
7. One of the many donations received from corporate and individual donors was enough money to hire a cook for Chapman House for five years. Patients will be able to order pretty much whatever they’d like to eat and it will be made, on site, just for them. Those experiencing their end-of-life journey don’t always feel like a large meal. Whether its a smoothie or a salad or a breast of chicken, the meal will be custom tailored to the patient’s requests.
If you’d like to make a donation or want to volunteer, here’s how you can get in touch with Residential Hospice Grey Bruce