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Foyer Lacombe is situated, along with the St. Albert Catholic Parish Church and the Star of the North Retreat Centre, on Mission Hill in St. Albert. The building overlooks a scenic view of grass and trees.
Foyer Lacombe Hospice is a 10-bed residential hospice located within Foyer Lacombe where our interdisciplinary team provides compassionate, end-of-life care in collaboration with the resident and his or her family.
What is hospice care?
Hospice offers a life affirming alternative to hospitalization or dying at home. This specialized health care setting provides 24 hour palliative care to individuals nearing the end of life.
How does Covenant Care approach hospice care?
Covenant Care provides holistic, personalized and compassionate care that celebrates life and addresses each resident’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. We believe each resident is special, sacred and deserves to be comforted and treated with dignity. Our care teams strive to make this difficult time manageable and meaningful for our residents and their loved ones by providing family-centered care whenever possible and enabling our residents to die with dignity.
How does my loved one get into Covenant Care Hospice?
- Referrals to hospice are available through the palliative care teams in hospital or home care programs .
- Admission criteria include: adults that have a life limiting illness and are no longer pursuing active curative treatment. Focus is strictly on comfort care
- To learn more about the Alberta Health Services referral process, visit their website: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/page13766.aspx
Who will take care of my loved one at Covenant Care Hospice?
- Physicians, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Resident Care Aids, Chaplain, Social Worker, Educator, LPN Clinical Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteers.
- Residents and families are an essential part of this team and considered a partner in care
What can I expect when my loved one is dying?
During the last few days or weeks of life, you may see changes in your loved one. He or she may sleep longer, have less energy, eat less or withdraw from family and friends. To help you prepare for these changes, please see What to Expect When a Person is Dying (PDF).
Nutrition & Accommodations for Covenant Care Hospice
- Guest suite which can sleep up to 4 people and is available at a minimal cost per night
- Private, spacious wheelchair accessible suites with ensuite bathroom and walk in shower
- Fold out chair for sleeping at bedside
- Wall mounted TV, telephone and wireless internet access
- Small fridge, microwave in suite
- Ample free parking
- Comfortable lounges and sitting areas
- Chapel with access to spiritual care services
- Walking paths and garden areas
- Three meals a day, snacks and refreshments throughout the day
Are there laundry services on site?
Yes—we have laundry facilities for our residents and their loved ones to use for a small fee.
Can residents have pets?
Pets are considered.
Supports at Covenant Care Hospice
What can Covenant Care Hospice do to ease my loved one’s physical pain and symptoms?
At Covenant Care Hospice, our residents have the right to effective pain and symptom control, so we make every effort to ease suffering and distress. Our team views each resident individually when dealing with pain control, so we are sensitive to the resident’s cultural, religious and spiritual preferences. We also recognize that residents may wish to try alternate therapies such as massage and calming music, so we welcome residents and their loved ones to speak with our staff about their needs.
Does Covenant Care Hospice offer any emotional support or counseling to my loved one?
We are committed to providing counseling to help our residents and their loved ones address their emotional needs. This could include helping them explore ethical questions, advance directives and organ donation, as well as coping with grief.
How can Covenant Care Hospice meet my loved one’s spiritual needs?
As part of a Catholic organization, Covenant Care Hospice welcomes and supports individuals of all faiths and backgrounds. This means we are committed to providing spiritual care to all our residents and their loved ones as they face the spiritual and emotional challenges that arise in hospice care. Covenant Care Hospice has a chaplain to help residents and their families draw upon their spiritual and religious beliefs and practices. Chapel is open 24 hours a day.
How can a chaplain help my loved one find peace and meaning?
Our chaplains can provide spiritual support and comfort to our residents and their families by facilitating spiritual reflection and religious observances. This could mean providing resources such as sacred scriptures or music, being available for confidential conversations as residents explore their feelings and questions and facilitating the involvement of the resident’s faith community and family.
How can Covenant Care Hospice help me cope with the loss of my loved one?
Our team can help assess and understand the dynamics of family history and help facilitate goodbyes. We can provide referrals to bereavement groups and supports and will connect you with community resources that can help you on your journey.
Visiting Information for Covenant Care Hospice
When can I visit?
We understand that having friends and family nearby is often critical to our residents’ wellbeing, so family and friends are welcome at Covenant Care 24 hours a day. Covenant Care is a secure building, but family and friends can access it through a key pad at any time of the day or night.
Can pets visit too?
We welcome family pets as long as they don’t pose a threat to residents, visitors, or staff. We also ask that pets have up-to-date vaccinations and be supervised by someone other than the resident.
Can I stay with my loved one overnight?
To allow you to spend as much time with your loved one as possible, Covenant Care has guest suites available for family members and friends who wish to stay overnight on occasion during their loved one’s stay. The suites can be reserved at $40 per night and can be booked for a maximum of three nights in a row.
Is there parking?
Yes—free public parking is available at Covenant Care.
Can I or my loved one smoke on Covenant Care property?
Since Covenant Care centres are non-smoking environments, residents and visitors cannot smoke anywhere on the property. However, we do have options for residents who smoke that can keep them comfortable during their stays.
Can I visit my loved one outside of his/her room?
There are several common areas for residents and their families to gather at Covenant Care.
Costs at Covenant Care Hospice
There is no cost for the resident to stay at Covenant Care Hospice, other than the cost share of medications (residents/families are responsible for 30% of the cost of their medications). There may also be a cost for oxygen and special care supplies (specialty dressings, pump infusion lines)
Long Term Care
What is long term care?
Continuing care includes long-term care facilities like Covenant Care and auxiliary hospitals. Care and accommodation services are provided for people with complex health needs who are unable to remain at home or in a supportive living setting. Health care services are publicly funded and are based on AHS care plans and include care, medications, medical-surgical supplies and medically necessary transportation.
How does my loved one get into Covenant Long Term Care?
Alberta Health Services (AHS) Transition Services coordinates Continuing Care admissions. Your loved one can list a Covenant Care Community as his or her preferred location and AHS will assess him or her for eligibility.
Who will take care of my loved one at Covenant Long Term Care?
Our dedicated staff works together as an interdisciplinary team and includes RN’s, LPN’s, Care Partners, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Chaplain, Dietician, Recreation Therapist and a Clinical Leader. They share information and ideas to provide a high standard of care and to assist you in areas of care that improve quality of life. You may not need the services of all team members, but it is reassuring to know that these services are available if you need them
Accommodation and Nutrition for Continuing Care
What are the rooms like?
All rooms include:
- Window coverings
- Large closets
- An electric bed
- 3-drawer bedside table
- Bedside lamp
- Easy chair(s)
- Table or floor lamp
- Duvet or Comforter
- Pictures and mementos
- Clothes hangers
We also encourage our residents to bring other personal or decorative items to personalize their suites and make them feel at home.
How do I know if my furniture is appropriate?
It is very important to us that Covenant Care is safe for our residents and care teams. We ask that our residents and their families work with their care teams to ensure their suites are furnished in a way that allows staff to easily and safely care for the resident. Prior to bringing any additional furnishings to the facility, it is requested you please check in with the Clinical Leader so arrangements can be made for the Maintenance Person to inspect these items.
Please note that floor mats and throw rugs are not allowed as they pose a significant tripping hazard.
What kinds of meals will my loved one get?
Our food is prepared on site following the Canada Food Guide and is approved by a registered dietitian. We are happy to accommodate special diets and a dietitian is available to consult with the resident and his or her family if needed.
While breakfast, lunch and dinner are normally served at scheduled times, we can be flexible with your loved one’s meal schedule. In addition to the regular menu, special meals are planned to celebrate holidays and special events.
Costs for Long Term Care
How much does it cost?
Fees are set by Alberta Health (Government of Alberta) and you are required to pay this set fee on a monthly basis. The monthly fee includes all non-medical services (such as meals, housekeeping and spiritual care) and building costs (maintenance, utilities, etc.). These fees do not cover the cost of care, which is funded by Alberta Health. Please visit the Alberta Health website (http://www.health.alberta.ca/services/continuing-care-accommodation-charges.html) for details on current facility living fees. [E1]
Residents or their designated financial responsible party will be billed monthly by Covenant Care using pre-authorized debit. Residents or their designates are responsible for any additional costs and charges incurred as outlined in the Financial Responsibility Agreement that is signed on day of admission.
Are there any other costs and charges?
Depending on your loved one’s needs, there may be additional costs such as:
- Medications not covered under the Blue Cross formulary (i.e., herbal supplements)
- Eyeglasses, hearing aids, foot care and dental work
- Compression stockings
- Personal care supplies
- Transportation to and from appointments that is not medically ordered
- Special recreational outings
- Telephone, cable television and Internet
- Labeling of clothes
Visiting at Covenant Care
When can I visit?
Family and friends are always welcome at Covenant Care and can visit 24 hours a day. Covenant Care has secure buildings, so family and friends will be asked to sign in at the entrance and will need an access code after regular business hours.
Can pets visit too?
We welcome family pets as long as they don’t pose a threat to residents, visitors, or staff. We also ask that pets have up-to-date vaccinations and be supervised at all times.
Can I host family events at a Covenant Care Community?
Yes, we can make arrangements to reserve a space for family events. Families and friends can bring their own food or arrange to have it prepared by our catering service.
Is there parking?
Yes—there is free visitor parking available.
Is smoking allowed at Covenant Care Communities?
Since Covenant Care sites are non-smoking environments, residents and visitors cannot smoke anywhere on the property.
Services at Covenant Care
- 3 nutritionally balanced meals
- Weekly housecleaning, plus laundry service for sheets and towels
- Professional building maintenance – inside and out
- Utilities: heat, electricity, water, sewer, and garbage disposal
- Daily social and recreational activities
- Church services
- Access to community amenities
- Public WiFi
Additional services available for purchase
- Hair salon/barber shop
- Tuck Shop
- Cable TV & Telephone
- Parking pass