Improving quality of life

In order to offer a better quality of life and enjoyable moments to the residents, the Vitae Foundation played a role in creating physical environments which are open to all but designed especially for the needs of residents.  Also, it allowed the purchase of adapted vehicles to encourage social outings.

  • Furnishings for the rooms in palliative care
  • Balconies at D’Youville Hospital and Residential Centre
  • Gardens adapted for Alzheimer's patients at Argyll Hospital and Residential Centre
  • Outdoor gardens at Argyll Hospital and Residential Centre and St-Joseph and St-Vincent Residential Centres
  • Place de la Fondation at Argyll Hospital and Residential Centre
  • Place J.-Armand-Bombardier at D’Youville Hospital and Residential Centre
  • Chalet J. Armand Bombardier at Centre Jeunesse Val-du-Lac (multi-generational cottage)
  • Funding the expansion of the Research Centre on Aging


User impressions Adapted Gardens

Strolls in the parking lot are now over for Mrs. Daigle and the other 217 residents of the St-Vincent-de-Paul complex. They now have the liberty of walking in a garden specifically designed for them.

The Oasis Desjardins park is the 4th garden built by the CSSS-IUGS for its residents, thus completing this type of space for its Sherbrooke residential centres. L’Oasis Desjardins is a safe and friendly setting that will provide a place for residents to meet and greet their family and friends. “St–Vincent is my home and I am very happy that we now have a garden to stroll in, just like the other residential centres. It is a quiet place where I come to meet people. It has been adapted in order for us to wheel out our chairs freely,” claims Mrs. Daigle.

There are many benefits related to this garden. For Stéphane Thibault, care attendant, L’Oasis Desjardins will allow residents of the St-Vincent residential centre to feel more at home: “ We do not realize how lucky we are, simply opening the door of our house to go to the park, the woods or to go into our own personal garden. I can say that freedom is what people with a loss of autonomy miss most. I believe this garden will give back this sense of freedom to some of the residents,” he explains.