In our beautifully restored Victorian house located in Montreal, men and women afflicted with HIV/AIDS can stay for a few weeks or a few months. Some, who are terminally ill, seek companionship and support on a human scale; and peace to pass away with dignity in familiar surroundings.
Others need support:
AuAfter receiving a diagnosis;
In periods when their health wavers
During medical tests or at the start of a new treatment regime
To regain mental and physical strength
To prepare for social re-integration
To increase capabilities for coping with and controlling their lives with HIV/AIDS
Short-term stays are also available to give personal caregivers a respite.
In this house there is a soul coloured by all those who have stayed here. A soul that is driven by every day gestures, by joy and laughter, by sadness, by discouragement, by hope… by life!
Code of Conduct for Residents
The Maison du Parc is a living environment in which the resident takes part according to his or her abilities. The Code of Conduct establishes the rights and obligations for all residents.
The Maison du Parc is accessible to people with disabilities. We have installed elevators and every room is equipped with an emergency call system. All residents have a private, furnished room. Central phone line and internet accesses are available free of charge to residents. Those who so choose may have a private phone or internet access installed in their room, at their own expense.
Caregivers are available at all times, 24 hours a day. They support the residents in reaching their objectives, which are established at the time of their arrival and reviewed periodically during their stay.
Examples of other services offered at the Maison du Parc:
Basic care and comfort
Assistance with medication and scheduling of medical appointments
End of life companionship
Information and awareness-raising
Active listening and caregiving
Help in decision-making and protection of patients’ rights
Prevention of at risk situations and crises
Preparation for social re-integration, etc.
Nutrition, maintenance and providing a secure environment are also part of our daily routine.
For someone who is not terminally ill, a stay at the Maison du Parc is temporary. It may be to stabilize one’s health or to address a medical related problem. An important step before returning home is preparing for the resumption of day-to-day life and more specifically, life with HIV/AIDS. This is the social re-integration process.
More than half of those living at the Maison du Parc who return home need no particular help afterwards. Others, who are more fragile or less stable, need remote supervision at various levels. The Maison du Parc’s satellite apartment program offers such supervision for those in need.
This program is based on a progressive withdrawal of our direct assistance and referrals to resource partners’ relief groups. However, follow-up by Maison du Parc may be necessary in order to prevent health deterioration or crisis situations.
For some people, an attempt to live on their own is essential before returning home for good. The experience can be daunting. With its close remote supervision, the Maison du Parc’s transition apartment program allows such an attempt.
Those supported by the satellite and transition apartments benefit from a rapid readmission if needed.
A written request must be completed and submitted by mail, by e-mail or by fax to the attention of the program coordinator at the Maison du Parc. This request must be submitted by a social worker, a physician, a health care specialist, or a support group for persons afflicted with HIV/AIDS.
In exceptional situations, a request may be sent directly by a person in need or by his or her family or friends.
In all cases, the program coordinator will assess the request and act accordingly. !