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The safest place during certain storms is often in the basement

When Roger’s House was being built, the original plans didn’t include a basement. The reasons were many and included the challenge of digging through shale and how that would impact the budget and fundraising activities. Finally, a basement was added to the project, but no funds were available to make it functional.

Roger’s House is 15,000 square feet or 5,000 per floor. The top is the patient care floor, comprised of eight rooms with beds and facilities for up to eight guests and at least two families. Each guest room has a washroom, important for infection control. In the middle of the floor is the nursing station and family area. The east end of the floor also has a quiet room with a large fish tank that provides hours of comfort and serenity to clients and family members alike.

The ground floor includes the main entrance, a library, kitchen and family dining room, children’s playroom, snoezelen room, a living room/multi-faith chapel and some modest administrative areas. Both the ground and second floors are decorated with pictures, paintings and framed jerseys that all belonged to the house’s namesake Roger Neilson. The former Ottawa Senators assistant coach died in 2003 but left a legacy of service to the hockey world and the community in general.

An elevator just inside the main entrance takes visitors up to the patient care floor or it can also travel down to the basement.
Finishing the Roger’s House basement would greatly enhance client care, and support staff and volunteer efficiency. Acuity rates are up since first opening the doors. The collective family that uses Roger’s House is growing with more teens, staff and volunteers. A plan has been developed for the basement that would include:

• A recreation room for teenage clients and their family and friends. During the summer of 2009, three teenagers required end-of-life care at Roger’s House. While there, family and friends often visited 24 hours a day. A special area for older clients to spend time with their loved ones would include Roger’s pool table, a TV for movies and video games, a stereo to play music from their MP3 or PED devices, and comfortable, homey couches, chairs and relaxing lighting.

• A volunteer and staff training centre so that Roger’s House can continue to grow its successful program. This would help ensure that volunteers and staff are constantly trained and supported thus enhancing the quality of care and support provided at the House, and providing meaningful and/or educational opportunities for volunteers, whether they are students or those looking to fill their time spare time.

• Additional administrative workstations to allow the facility to house part-time staff responsible for outreach programs such as perinatal or Francophone bereavement groups, and/or students, volunteers and medical residents interested in helping with administrative projects.

• A workshop with a fully functional workbench, work table and tool storage area. This would be used by volunteers to support general maintenance needs throughout the House.

• Proper storage areas for equipment and manuals, decorations, surplus supplies, and additional costs.

An opportunity exists for a donor to help transform the basement at Roger’s House into a fully functional space able to meet the growing needs of the house. This is considered a unique opportunity for a donor looking to make a major and lasting impact on the quality of care and support provided by the staff and volunteers at Roger’s House.