Care of the Aged

Through the inspiration and efforts of Archbishop Patrick Skinner, St. Patrick’s Mercy Home, a long-term care facility located in St. John’s was opened in 1958 under the administration of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Its mission is to provide quality and compassionate care for its residents.

St Patrick’s Mercy Home

St. Patrick’s Mercy Home expanded

Since its beginnings in 1958 St. Patrick’s Mercy Home has been faithful to its mission to provide quality and compassionate care for its residents. The 210-bed facility which is an incorporated entity is owned by the Sisters of Mercy and funded operationally by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. A Board of Directors governs the Home under a special agreement with the provincial health authority, currently Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services.

Respecting the sacredness of life and the inherent dignity of each individual and committed to caring for the whole person, St. Patrick’s Mercy Home provides a caring, homelike environment for all residents and welcomes people of all faith traditions.

Care of the sick and dying has always been a priority of the Sisters of Mercy. Palliative care responds to the needs of residents in the final stages of life with care that is both competent and compassionate. Over the years St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation  furnished two palliative care rooms to ensure that the resident and the family receive the best of care in the last days.   A recent enhancement to the palliative care rooms is the provision of two “cuddle beds” which enable family members to be close to their dying relatives.

Large rooms are available to resident and family members for special gatherings. The Mercedes Marshall Garden, an oasis of beauty and quiet, is easily accessible to residents. The beautiful chapel space is available for religious services and other resident-centered activities. The Red Rose Cafe provides a homey and restful space for residents to gather for a chat or a cup of tea.

Pet Therapy
A Home
(L)Sr. Patricia Marie, long time volunteer, with Sr Patricia March (R)
Red Rose cafe
Residents ready for a card game
Listening to story
Garden for harmony and peace
Blessing the harmony and peace garden
Sr Marie and resident

St. Patrick’s Pastoral Care Department is an invaluable resource through facilitating liturgies, regular visiting and praying with residents, availability to families and working with other departments, especially Social Work, Recreation and Music therapy in providing the extras that make St. Patrick’s Mercy Home so appealing.

The St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation plays a significant role in the life-enhancing activities and opportunities that characterize St. Patrick’s Mercy Home.

The St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Auxiliary, working with the Volunteer Department, adds a unique perspective to the support and care of residents and families through the Red Rose Café, through concerts, fairs and other such activities designed to build a sense of community and the joy of living.

St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation

St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation, established in 1998 supports the ministry of the Home in helping to provide a comfortable and homelike atmosphere for its residents.

Through its many fundraising efforts it has raised more than $1.5 million dollars over the past 25 years. With a focus on quality of life for residents, the Foundation has made significant contributions to medical enhancements for the Home and to the overall improvement of residents’ daily life and comfort. The St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation is separately incorporated and is guided by an Executive Director and a Board of Directors.

Garden for harmony and peace
Newfoundland Dog at garden party
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