Room to Room (R2R) Program

by Bev Foster

Delivering Room 217 resources to Hospice Palliative Care in Canada The Room 217 Foundation has decided to take a proactive role in the delivery and use of its music care resources to Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) facilities and programs across the country. Based on Room 217’s mission to produce and deliver music care resources to those in complex care and life threatening situations and based on Room 217’s experience, it is patients and families in HPC that have the greatest need for resources and strategies to enhance their quality of life. Early in 2012, Room 217 designed the Room to Room (R2R) program for the controlled delivery and accessibility of its resources to HPC facilities and programs. With the generous financial support of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Phase I of R2R was started in August of 2012 and is currently being introduced and monitored into more than 40 participating HPC facilities in towns and cities across Canada. Proposed outcomes of the R2R program include awareness of the importance of music in care in participating HPC programs and facilities, as well as improve quality of patient care for people who are dying in Canada by:

  • Improving quality of life
  • Assisting in relationship completion
  • Decreasing feelings of isolation and fear
  • Helping to meet psychosocial and spiritual needs
  • Providing pain distraction

For more information on the R2R program, please contact Debbie Devitt, Program Facilitator at [email protected] The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is dedicated to improving quality of life with a focus on health and wellness. The GSK Foundation remains committed to the continued evolution of GSK employees’ “cause of choice,” the hospice palliative care movement in Canada. They believe that all Canadians have the right to die with dignity, free of pain, surrounded by loved ones in the setting of their choice.