Family Suites Foster Closeness & Comfort

  • Feb. 4, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Story by Kerri Robins

LEDUC — When Richard Cook visited his critically ill mother in the Leduc Community Hospital, there was little “breathing room”.

“We spent a week at the hospital with my mother after she lapsed into a coma resulting from a bacterial infection,” says the 61yearold Edmontonian. “There really wasn’t space for my sister and I, so we shared the room with my mother in rather tight quarters.”

That’s why the Cook family has gifted a total of $13,500 to the Black Gold Health Foundation since March 2014 in memory of their mother.

Their donation — added to a fundraising tally of $200,000 started by the foundation back in the fall of 2011 — has resulted in renovations to four rooms and two lounges at the hospital.

The rooms were transformed into suites that can accommodate one patient and up to four family members. New paint, new furniture, draperies, linens, flat-screen TVs and wall art have created more comfortable spaces, with an atmosphere of family-centred care, to give families the privacy and togetherness they need at critical life moments.

“The staff did everything they could to keep us comfortable and make us feel at home,” says Cook. “I’m happy people can make use of the suites because they help with coping mechanisms and mitigate or eliminate travel.”

Teresa Mark-Redhead, manager of inpatient service at Leduc Community Hospital, says she’s thrilled with the new spaces.

“People have a heightened sense of awareness when faced with critical times in their lives,” says Mark-Redhead, a registered nurse.

“The rooms take the ‘institutional’ feel out of the situation and create a feeling of normalcy for families. They let families be families at the time they need it most.”

While the rooms are mostly used for those in end-of-life care, they can also be used for patients who require a hospital stay for certain periods of time. “

The rooms allow for family and friends to visit comfortably without hearing hospital noises and distractions,” says Mark-Redhead. “Families need to spend their time together during health crises — and it’s great to be able to provide a safe space where they can bond and socialize in as normal a family atmosphere as possible.”

Brenda Dodman, past Board Chair of the Black Gold Health Foundation, says she’s also pleased with the renovations.

“The hospital stresses family-centred care and we are happy to be able to provide the spaces it needs to help its patients and families be together,” says Dodman. “It’s a great improvement to an already healthy environment, and our community is outstanding in supporting these important spaces and programs.”

For more information, visit www.blackgoldhealthfoundation.com

Pictured: Mary Cook, left, shown here with daughter Wendy Cook, spent a week in the Leduc Community Hospital after she lapsed into a coma. In appreciation of the care she received, her family has donated a total of $13,500 to help refurbish four family suites and two patient lounges. Photo courtesy Richard Cook.

Just Posted

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Body found after apparent house explosion in Calgary, police investigating

Sgt. Dwayne Lepchuk declined to say whose remains were found

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

Most Read