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St. Catharines

St. Catharines

Stabler Centre
403 Ontario Street

Hospice palliative care helps people and families live well, with dignity, compassion and in comfort.

We know the decision to come to hospice for end-of-life care is not easy. Taking care of a loved one at home is not easy either, especially as they approach the last days and weeks of life.

You do not have to do this alone. We are here to help.

Hospice residences are for people who need more support than home can provide. Rest assured, we offer the look and feel of home, but with all the medical and emotional supports people and families need when coping with dying and death.

The residence in St. Catharines is a 10-bed hospice with private rooms and nutritious meals made by our chef.

There are warm and inviting spaces inside to gather with family and friends, and quiet places if you need to take a break and relax.

Outside, a wide sidewalk meanders past our flower gardens, mature trees and sheltered sitting areas.

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It was such a comforting and supportive place to be during such a difficult time."
- Glenn, family member

Rooms are private and home-like, with a view of gardens and mature trees. They are furnished with:

  • Electric adjustable bed, recliner chair, sofa bed for family who wish to stay overnight;
  • Ensuite bathroom;
  • TV, DVD player and a mini fridge;
  • Handmade quilt;
  • Bedsheets and towels;
  • Phone for local calls.

We encourage people and families to make themselves at home and feel comfortable in our shared spaces.

  • Family kitchen and living room. A warm and inviting space where people and families can gather to take a break and relax, or come together for food and conversation. Includes a full kitchen with a stove to make your own meals, a microwave and fridge. Make yourself a coffee or tea, or enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, available weekdays for lunch. Help yourself to nutritious food including veggies and dip, cheese, yogurt and eggs from the mini-fridge. Wheelchair accessible seating is available as well as a highchair for younger guests.
  • Family entertainment room. A comfortable space to relax and take a break. Includes a TV, gaming system, DVD player, books, puzzles and a children’s play area.
  • Day wellness room. A larger space with tables and a fireplace. Sometimes this room is used for meetings and community programs but if it’s available, please feel free to use it as a quiet place to sit. It can also be reserved for special occasions or larger family meals.
  • Outdoors. A path meanders through our flower gardens, trees and sheltered sittings areas. A barbecue can be reserved. Please ask staff for assistance if your loved one would like to go outside in their bed.

Our hospice chef will cook your loved one a nutritious, homemade meal, personalized to best meet medical and cultural needs.

Eat in your loved one’s room, the family kitchen, outdoors in any of the sitting areas, or by reserving the larger day wellness room.

Help yourself to nutritious food including veggies and dip, cheese, yogurt and eggs from the mini-fridge in the family kitchen.

Family and friends are welcome to visit at any hour and stay overnight. Children must be supervised.

If you expect a larger group to visit, let us know ahead of time. We can arrange spaces for you to be with each other or eat a meal together.

We recognize the significant bond between people and their pets, and are happy to arrange visits. Please ensure pets have received all recommended vaccines prior to visiting.

Pets must be closely supervised and kept in your room. You and your family are responsible for caring for your pet (food, water and toileting).

Living well throughout your illness is important. While at hospice, we offer programs and services to support the well-being of you and your family.

Spiritual care

Spiritual care embraces your unique values and perspectives. Our supportive counsellor is available for people and families. Or, let staff know if you would like help
accessing spiritual care through your specific faith or tradition.

Relaxation

Volunteers trained in alternative therapies including reiki and therapeutic touch may be available on request.

Therapy dogs

Volunteers visit periodically with their canine friends specially trained to give affection, comfort and love.

Music Therapy

Music touches people in many ways. It can help to relieve physical and emotional suffering. Encourage communication and expression. And help people reminisce. It
might even inspire people to write a song for their family, leaving behind a beautiful legacy gift.

Sharing Projects Toolbox

We will all leave behind pieces of ourselves for other people to honour and remember us by. This is our legacy. Often, it's the simple things about us that hold the most
meaning for the people in our lives. A favourite recipe. A fond memory or story. A photograph. Our volunteers and staff can help you create a simple legacy project, or you
can try your hand at it yourself. A cart in our family living room is stocked with ideas and supplies.

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It’s like having family take care of you. You feel important. You feel like you matter."
-Jenn, family member