in Nantes, in the house of Nicodemus

Richard, a patient from the Nicodemus home, with Elsa, a caregiver, on November 9. Lorraine Turci/Lorraine Turci / Hans Lucas / for Le Figaro

REPORT – In Nantes, the house of Nicodème, a new palliative care establishment, was inspired by the best methods of end-of-life care. Of great humanity, this accompaniment “like at home”, a thousand leagues from the rigid framework of the hospital, offers patients total freedom until their last days.

“It’s finish”, he had been told at the hospital. When Richard arrived at the house of Nicodemus, the doctors only gave him “a few days to live”. It was two months ago. Since then, he has become a well-known patient of the teams at this new palliative care home.

Nicodème’s house, inaugurated in Nantes last April, is one of those places where life rushes in through all the interstices. In this modern building of light and greenery, she finds her way until the last hours of existence. «Sad, slow, dead” is what people have in mind when talking about palliative care. Here, we deconstruct these clichéssays Carine, one of the team’s physiotherapists. Everything that gives taste and desire to patients, we try to find it.”

With his mid-length hair, his bluesman voice and his golden ring in his ear, Richard, who seems straight out of a Jack Kerouac novel, took this principle literally. Wild, resistant to authority, refusing…

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