Despins Charities

“I like being independent while having access to help when I need it. I have freedom over my days, my schedule and my visits, but if I need something, I know that the staff is there for me.”

Paulette Lafond, Résidence Despins resident

Promoting the well-being of each member of its community

Continuously developing, supporting and enhancing the well-being of its residents at Villa Aulneau and Résidence Despins are at the heart of the mission of Despins Charities.

To better meet the needs of its residents, Despins Charities involves them in the decision-making process. In individual and group sessions, with residents’ families or employees, communication and sharing lead to the most effective choices.

“Decisions are always made with the residents’ well-being in mind,” says Aurèle Foidart, Executive Director of Despins Charities. “That’s why we consult them to ensure that they accept any potential changes to the residences.”

Paulette Lafond has lived at 151 Despins Street for the last six-and-a-half years. After her husband died, it was important for her to find a welcoming, vibrant place where she could thrive in French. “I really feel at home here. The residence is pleasant, and I feel safe here. There are very few facilities that provide so many services, and in French!”

82 of the 130 units at Résidence Despins are independent. Paulette Lafond lives in one such suite, and appreciates being able to use the many services available. The outings and cultural activities, meals, housekeeping and transportation services as well as addressing residents’ spiritual needs make Résidence Despins a place of well-being for Paulette.

“I like being independent while having access to help when I need it. I have freedom over my days, my schedule and my visits, but if I need something, I know that the staff is there for me.”

Independence is just as important as the surroundings at Résidence Despins for the Francophone senior. There is a continuous effort to reach out to others, to simply talk or ask for help.

“Eating alone isn’t much fun. Mealtimes are an opportunity to spend time with the other residents. I feel blessed because we are in very good company. Everyone is so kind, friendly and warm. That’s what struck me when I first arrived:  people’s compassion and dedication.”