There is possibly nothing more important to someone receiving end-of-life care than the feeling of peace and comfort. While the caring attention from staff and the support of loved ones can help set a hospice patient at ease, so too can the design of the hospice itself.

May’s Place hospice has been providing end-of-life care in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for almost 25 years. While the homey nature of the six-bed facility has always made it welcoming to patients, its age is starting to show. Upgrades to May’s Place are now necessary to ensure patients’ safety and comfort.

“For some of our patients it is the first time they have a warm bed to sleep in or a room to themselves,” said Hospice Care Coordinator Cielo Nacpil. She recalls one patient who had been homeless for almost his entire life before coming to May’s. Staff were able to give him a warm bath, clean and cut his hair, and provide him a warm bed and comfortable room. While he passed away the following day, Cielo said she is glad they were able to help this man regain a sense of peace and comfort at the end of his life.

“To me, that’s dignity,” said Cielo.

In order to keep providing this kind of dignified and compassionate care to patients, May’s Place needs a makeover. Fortunately, a local design firm has generously approached The Bloom Group with an offer to provide their design services pro-bono, and help raise the funds necessary to make the renovations possible.

“We work in the neighbourhood and know it well,” said Ian Young, Project Coordinator at Cutler. “Some of the most marginalized groups in the area are seniors and those dealing with chronic or terminal illnesses. For this reason we thought we could give back by providing our firm’s skills to May’s Place – a hospice where staff work hard to make Downtown Eastside residents feel at home in their final days.”

In order make this hospice even more comfortable and welcoming, Cutler will be designing new staff and patient spaces, and revamping existing areas with quality affordable finishes that will help bring some joy to its patrons and staff. All projects costs will be covered by co-fundraising, as well as our network of vendor partners.

“We can’t wait to give May’s the makeover it deserves,” says Ian. “It’s a wonderful project that we’re proud to be a part of.”

The Bloom Group and Cutler need to raise $25,000 to pay for construction and materials, and hope to start the renovations as soon as possible.

To help make our May’s Makeover a reality, please donate here.

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