La Maison de Gardanne is a portrait of daily life in a French palliative care center, located between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. With a paid staff of 75 and 30 volunteers for 24 residents, the level of care is extremely high, and not only because of the low patient-caregiver ratio. La Maison is oriented towards the needs of the residents: there are no set visiting hours for relatives, no wake-up calls in the morning, or obligations to take meals in the dining room. The staff do not wear white coats or name tags, everyone is on a first-name basis, and eats lunch together in the dining room. While the emphasis is on making residents as comfortable and pain-free as possible, the center also offers a wide range of activities and treatments such as daily massages and baths in order to insure maximum autonomy as long as possible. The film is in French.
A version with English subtitles is available by contacting the director, Eric Breitbart, at firstname.lastname@example.org
His website: http://www.breitbartfilms.com