The West Island Palliative Care Residence provides compassionate care allowing terminally ill patients to die in comfort and with dignity in a warm, home-like environment, close to their family, and in their community. We want our patients to live the final chapter of their lives in the best and most fulfilling manner possible. The Residence’s team of physicians, nurses, counselors, supportive care workers and volunteers work together to address the physical symptoms as well as the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patients and their families.
To provide active and compassionate care in order to comfort and support terminally ill patients and their loved ones and to continue as a leader in palliative care within Quebec and Canada.
As a leader,
- To be at the forefront of providing superior palliative care within the community health care network;
- To promote and support a range of services to patients requiring palliative care, at home, in hospital, and at the West Island Palliative Care Residence;
- To serve as a role model and resource for other communities wishing to organize freestanding palliative care residences;
- To promote and provide education to health professionals and volunteers to enhance competence in delivery of palliative care services;
- To promote and provide education in the community, to increase awareness and to provide understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and their families;
- To continuously improve palliative care through research and knowledge transfer;
- To ensure that grief support is available and to promote it in the community.
Coronavirus – West Island Palliative Care Residence Visit Guidelines
We are monitoring closely developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommendations made by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers, patients and families.
We are continually adapting as the situation evolves and, as such, we have put in place restrictions on the number and timing of visitors for each patient, as well as services available to our visitors. More information regarding our measures can be provided through our admission nurses or by calling us at 514 693-1718.
News and Upcoming Events
The West Island Palliative Care Residence will now be known as the Teresa- Dellar Palliative Care Residence to pay tribute to its co-founder
Just prior to announcing that we will be renaming the Residence to the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence we shared a tribute video honouring Teresa’s life’s work, achievements, and contributions to palliative care.
Dale Weil Appointed Executive Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence
The Operations and Foundation Boards of the West Island Palliative Care Residence are proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Dale Weil as the new Executive Director for the Residence, effective January 6, 2020.
Dale has been involved with the Residence for the last ten years, having served on both Boards in various capacities since 2009. Most recently, she played a significant role in helping to create the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care and has spent the last 18 months serving as Managing Director for the Institute. Dale brings with her more than 35 years of experience, including over 20 years in leadership positions in food and healthcare sectors, along with extensive experience in the non-profit sector.
21st Annual Saint Valentine’s Ball
The 21st Annual Valentine’s Ball rasied a record net amount of $640,000 thanks to the generosity of more than 500 guests, sponsors and donors.
Presidents’ Awards 2019
On October 17th, in conjunction with Projection Week Montreal, we held the fourth edition of the Presidents’ Awards of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. The Presidents’ Awards were inaugurated in 2016 to celebrate the pioneers in palliative care and to recognize individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to palliative care and to the Residence. It is also an opportunity to remind us that it is a combined effort of professionals, volunteers, donors and stakeholders who work together to ensure the best quality of life for patients and their families.
9th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $515,000 net
The 9th Annual Golf Tournament of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, which was held on August 26, 2019 at the prestigious Royal Montreal Golf Club, generated net profits of $515,000 for the Residence thanks to another showing of generous community support.
Teresa Dellar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence and Founder of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care Passes Away after Brave and Courageous Fight with Cancer.
It is with deep sadness that the employees and volunteers of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, and their respective boards confirm the passing of their co-founder Teresa Dellar, M.S.C., MSW, PSW, FT. The entire palliative care community of greater Montreal, Canada and beyond is mourning the loss of our leader from a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 58, on August 19, 2019. Our thoughts are with Teresa’s husband, sons, parents, brothers and sisters, and extended family during this difficult time.
The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is proud to announce its inaugural research project: Compassionate Communities
The Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, launched in the spring of 2018 as a branch of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, aims to extend the benefits of best-in-class palliative care to as many patients and families as possible through education, knowledge exchange and research.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Fondation J.-Louis Lévesque, the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care is pleased to announce the launch of its first research project, Compassionate Communities. Collaborating with several municipalities in Montreal, this five-year project will build community-based programs that provide supportive environments and linkages for citizens of all ages dealing with serious diseases or in the later stages of their lives. The impact on quality of life of these community driven activities will be measured and the findings shared so that more communities can benefit.
With the help of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé to reach out to the research community and to conduct the scientific merit review, the project has been awarded to a team led by Dr. Antoine Boivin, Canada Research Chair on Patient and Public Partnerships at the Université de Montréal. The diversity and experience of the team, with investigators from McGill University, University of Ottawa, Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Bradford (United Kingdom) and other organizations, is exceptional.
Friday, June 15th, was a defining moment in our future as dignitaries, board members, employees, volunteers, donors and special guests gathered to celebrate the start of construction to consolidate our two separate locations into a single, expanded facility housing all of our 23 beds.The 30,000 square foot extension of the original building on André-Brunet Street onto an adjacent tract of land represents a transformation of the Residence. Designed with the goal of maintaining a home-like environment, the new building will offer a more efficient, medically relevant floor plan. Importantly, the new building will bring all staff and volunteers together so that patients and families will benefit from the consistent and seamless approach to care and services.
Creation of the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care: comforting news for patients at end of life
Sharing advancements in palliative care will benefit patients and families across Canada says Quebec Health Minister
On May 11, 2018, Canada’s largest freestanding palliative care residence launched the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care (MIPC), a highly collaborative endeavor that is committed to extending the benefits of palliative care to as many Canadians as possible. The announcement was made during National Hospice Palliative Care Week by Ms. Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence.
Capital Campaign, Caring and Sharing – Under One Roof
On April 11, 2018, the Residence launched its 2017-2018 Capital Campaign, Caring and Sharing – Under One Roof. The campaign aims at raising $12.5 million in order to consolidate our two separate locations into a single, state-of-the-art facility, and to share best practices in palliative care through the creation of a National Education and Knowledge Transfer Program.