St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa has been caring for Ottawa seniors since 1865, inspired by the compassionate spirit of Saint Marguerite d’Youville.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people live at St. Patrick’s Home?
St. Patrick’s Home is home to 288 residents. Two of those beds are reserved for the Respite Program. We have nine (9) Resident Home Areas (RHA’s or Houses) with 32 residents each:
Galway House – 1st floor
Cavan and Carlow House – 2nd
Donegal and Dublin House – 3rd
Kilkenny and Kerry House – 4th
Waterford and Wexford House – 5th
What are the rooms like?
Private rooms are 140 sq.ft. Shared rooms are 130 sq. ft on each side of a floor to ceiling privacy wall. Each room contains a bed, chair, bedside table and closet space sufficient for seasonal clothing. The private rooms have a dresser. All rooms have a reinforced wall to support a resident’s flat screen television.
Are my personal belongings insured?
St. Patrick’s Home does not insure the personal belongings of any resident. Residents are encouraged to obtain personal insurance for their own belongings that they bring to the Home.
Where do I keep my wallet/purse and important papers?
Residents are issued a key to the top drawer of their bedside table and are encouraged to keep personal valuables locked when not on their person. We recommend strongly that valuable possessions or important papers not be brought to the Home. We remind people that we do not assume responsibility for loss of resident’s articles.
Is there a bank at St. Patrick’s Home?
Residents can have funds deposited in a Resident Trust Account, managed by St. Patrick’s Home Finance Office. We encourage electronic funds transfer for accommodation fees on admission. Residents can pay bills from the Trust Account and can withdraw from it for pocket money.
How will I get to outside appointments?
Families will be requested to take you to outside medical appointments.
Can I go out to a meal with my family?
We encourage Residents to maintain as much activity with their family and former community as they are able. Residents or family members must check with nursing staff, sign in and out on the RHA and at Reception for security reasons.
Can my family eat with me at St. Patrick’s Home?
Family members and friends are encouraged to visit in the Home, including at meal times. When you know that someone is coming for a meal, inform the supervisor in the Nutritional Service office and they will arrange seating for you and your family member. The cost per meal for visitors is very reasonable. There are extra tables in each dining room that can accommodate up to 3 guests.
A small private room called the Harvest Room on each RHA is also available for small groups for special occasions such as resident birthdays or other celebrations. This room is also used for Care Conferences and care team meetings and must be booked with in advance.
Are there physicians available at St. Patrick’s Home?
There is a Medical Director and nine (9) Attending Physicians. Each physician has a particular day that they come to the Home. They also share on-call services for the Home for overnight, weekend and holidays. Residents are encouraged to use the services of one of these in-house physicians who have expertise in gerontology and a special interest and compassion for long term care.
How long is the waiting list?
Waiting lists for all long term care homes funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care are controlled by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). Waiting times will depend on when you applied for admission, what type of room you applied for, what type of care you need and how immediate your care needs are.
It is best to call your Case Manager at the CCAC (613-745-5525) to determine the length of the waiting list.
Does St. Pat’s participate in Medical Assistance in Dying?
St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa is a Catholic long-term care home with a proud tradition of providing compassionate, person-centred care. Our holistic approach addresses a resident’s requirements for physical, social, emotional and spiritual support.
As a Catholic organization, St. Patrick’s Home does not provide medical assistance in dying. In response to an expressed request from a resident in our care for medical assistance in dying, we will seek to understand the reason(s) for the request, provide information regarding the full range of end-of-life treatment options, and ensure access to appropriate physical, psychological and spiritual supports. Should our efforts not meet a resident’s needs, St. Patrick’s will continue to provide the resident with high quality, compassionate care pending a safe and timely transfer of care to another provider.
We remain committed to building a trusting relationship with our residents and their families that respects the dignity of each resident during their life at St. Patrick’s.
Teena has recently taken on a new role as Coordinator of Quality Improvement at St. Pat’s. Teena brings with her over 25 years experience as a senior manager of community based long-term care services. Prior to joining St. Pat’s she held the position of Executive Director of The In Community, a multi service agency meeting the needs of adults living in the community with significant physical disabilities. Teena is excited to begin contributing to the ongoing successes of St. Pat's Home.Teena Tomlinson