Rooted in centuries
Le Monastère des Augustines bears witness to the lifestyle and social mission of the Augustinian Sisters. Inspired by their fervour and compassion and their devotion to healing body and soul, Le Monastère is carrying the welcome, hospitality, memories and resources of this foundational site into the future.
Over 375 years of health care
In keeping with the work of the Augustinian Sisters, who laid the foundations and developed our healthcare system, Le Monastère wishes to continue to make history and commit to innovative social initiatives in sustainable healthcare.
In an effort to continue the hospital mission of the Augustinian Sisters, Le Monastère helps our guests take a holistic approach to their own health. We offer this through several projects, including those designed for people who care for others.
Caregivers, companions and health and social services workers can take advantage of a stay at Le Monastère that allows them to relax, participate in activities and enjoy resources designed for them and supported by La Fiducie du Patrimoine Culturel des Augustines.
In addition, the cultural and educational programs, the archive centre and the Museum’s fee policy are all part of the initiatives aimed at preserving the site’s heritage while making it accessible to the public.
OFFERING RESPITE TO CAREGIVERS
Taking care of a loved one is a true act of giving. Le Monastère des Augustines recognizes the devotion of caregivers by offering them a respite from their hard work. We invite these dedicated workers to catch their breath and enjoy the opportunity to feel revitalized in a calming, heritage environment.
Details of the program
- A restful 1 to 4-night stay
- Access to the Museum and daily holistic health activities
- Caregiver’s contribution: $30/night, meals included
- Caregivers for the elderly residing in the Quebec City region can request support for 24 hours to be looked after from home
Caregivers for the elderly, adults or children with disabilities or illnesses who live with and spend continuous and significant amounts of time with the person they care for so they can continue to live at home.
I loved my stay at Le Monastère. It has helped me see what is still so beautiful about my partner, who has Alzheimer’s, which makes the rest easier to handle.
It was a unique experience and beneficial on so many different levels. The atmosphere, the welcome, the calm and good sleep all came together to give me renewed energy. I felt grounded, at peace with myself.
The activities help me forget, let go and focus on myself. It’s really energizing.
A calm environment close to the hospital
For over 40 years the Augustinian Sisters have welcomed caregivers who work with sick patients at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec Hospital. Today Le Monastère des Augustines honours this tradition by offering caregivers a room and the support they need in order to offer the best of themselves at their patients’ bedsides.
The program reserves up to 7 Authentic rooms for caregivers from outside the region who work with Hôtel-Dieu Hospital patients.
Details of the program
- An Authentic room, meals not included
- A key to transit from the Monastère to the hospital
- Maximum stay of 14 nights
- Caregiver’s contribution: $30/night, meals not included
Available from September 6, 2016 to June 22, 2017.
I want to thank all the volunteers for listening to me, for their sympathy and kindness. Despite the difficult issues we deal with, we feel understood and supported.
It’s really heartwarming to know that there are people who want to help us get through some difficult challenges.
Thank you for welcoming us during the tough times of an illness. Your hospitality and generosity allowed us to get through these moments calmly, comfortably and quietly.
Revitalization for healers
How can the values and practices of the Augustinian Sisters be put to use in order to support caregivers? The Augustinian Sisters consider caregivers to be their natural heirs – healers within the health and social services worlds – people whose profession it is to care for the sick and the vulnerable. (For example: doctors, nurses, assistants, clerks, social workers and those who work in the fields of spirituality, psychology, therapy, community activism, etc.)
In keeping with the Augustinian tradition of healing and hospitality, Le Monastère offers caregivers and healer a space to recharge their batteries, share their experiences, regain their strength and revisit their profound commitment to caring for others.
A framework for revitalization
- The revitalization we offer takes place within a participatory research framework
- The charism of the Augustinians (healing, hospitality, communal and spiritual life) is updated to give support to today’s healers, both on an individual and a collective level
- Healers from various disciplines are brought together to care for themselves outside on an institutional setting
- A space where the caregivers are neither client nor spectator, but hosts for themselves and their fellows
- Different types of revitalization activities: dedicated circle of silence, circle of hospitality, circles of intergenerational healing, circle of reciprocity, caregiver’s visiting room, Return to Your Roots Stay, etc.
Intergenerational Healing Circle
The sharing circle itself was hospitable; it was a place for me to feel heard.
Intergenerational Healing Circle
Le Monastère is a healing place filled with warmth and order. I was offered a cup of herbal tea and a cookie. It was good for me.
I had a feeling of belonging in the group silence experience with people I didn’t even know.