The Room 217 Foundation is pleased to announce a new program called Room to Room (R2R) which delivers Room 217 music into Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) facilities and programs in Canada. With the generous financial support of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, R2R is a donor-driven program enabling the Room 217 Foundation to provide kits made up of Room 217 components to meet specific needs of HPC contexts i.e. residential, community, hospital.
Currently, less than 40% of terminally ill patients and their families have the support of some form of hospice and palliative care through either a HPC facility, Long Term Care facility, hospital or community outreach in their private homes. The use of music as a complementary therapy is both accepted and documented as an intervention to reduce stress, health-related anxiety, as well as help to meet the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient, caregivers and their family members.
The development and implementation of complementary programs and services has been slow due to lack of government funding and priority, especially in the care of the elderly and terminally ill.
The vision for Room 217 therapeutic music resources was conceived based on personal experience of this critical service gap. The result was the development of cost effective music resources that are easy to use and whose benefits have been well documented by hundreds of care providing users.
In 2011, the Room 217 Foundation realized that it would have to take a proactive role in the distribution and use of its resources in HPC facilities and programs across the country. These centres are where the benefits to patient, caregivers and family members are the greatest but where the financial resources are the least.
Based on years of sector experience and sector consultations, the Room 217 Foundation in 2012 committed itself to a formal program of resource delivery, R2R, that is both accountable and sustainable to support the financially stretched HPC community.
Phase 1 of R2R has been initiated with the generous financial support of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to improving quality of life and has a long term commitment to the HPC movement in Canada. HPC is GlaxoSmithKline's employees' cause of choice and works in partnership with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and a network of concerned stakeholders, like the Room 217 Foundation.
The Room 217 Foundation welcomes Debbie Devitt as R2R Facilitator. Debbie is a well-respected nurse educator in the field of HPC and has been involved in palliative care for more than twenty years. For more information about R2R contact Debbie at [email protected].