Monday, 23 October 2017

Hospice unveils five-star flat for families

A FLAT for families of relatives being treated at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed has been likened to a five-star hotel after being refurbished.

A FLAT for families of relatives being treated at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed has been likened to a five-star hotel after being refurbished.

About £15,000 was spent on the makeover of the two-bedroom flat, which has a quiet room, living room, kitchenette and balcony.

It has been fitted with new curtains, furnishings and flooring and the rooms have been repainted.

The aim was to create a warm, comforting and private suite of rooms. Local businesses helped by donating items and their time.

The new-look flat was officially unveiled on Monday by the Mayor of Henley Lorraine Hillier.

She said: ?I think it?s beautiful. I think it looks so lovely and the colours are very peaceful.

?My sister?s father-in-law passed away at the hospice but it made the last two weeks of his life really serene ? and he was allowed to bring his dog. It provided real peace of mind for everybody.?

Karen Guy, the hospice?s head of clinical services, said the hospice?s old family rooms had been dated.

?What we had before was adequate and we were grateful for it but now people see this and say ?wow, incredible?,? she said.

?This will give the families peace of mind that they are close to their relatives when they are really ill or at the end of their lives.

?It will give them a really comfortable place to relax away from the ward which can be distressing. Palliative care is about care of the family as well as the patient.?

Ward manager Louisa Nicoll said: ?It?s hugely important to the families that they can stay nearby. As nurses on the ward, it?s nice for us to know we can offer that when people are approaching the end of life.?

Hospice director Stewart Marks said: ?What we have now is a welcoming, friendly and tranquil space for families to spend some time when their relative is in the in-patient unit and they need a bit of time to rest and recuperate.

?We are so grateful and want to express our deepest gratitude to the contributors for their time, talent and donations which have collectively made our family apartment a reality.

?This makes such a difference to people going through some of the most difficult times of their lives and helps us achieve our goal of providing incredible care, not just to our patients but also their families.

?The feedback we have had from our patients and families is that they can?t believe they can stay here, it?s like a five-star hotel.? Staff, volunteers and people who had contributed to the refurbishment project attended the opening.

Sanna Hedman, a Henley interior stylist, created and led the programme of decoration and contributed the accessories along with Swedish design textile company Linum.

She said: ?What I had in mind was to create a really peaceful environment in keeping with the building, working within a budget and making it easy to maintain by Sue Ryder staff.?

Photographer Sally Swift donated images and Oasis Graphics, of Cookham, and Steve Munn, a former partner in the business, donated the canvases for the photos.

Stephen Seabury and Medmenham software company SAS paid for the planting on the balcony.

The Nettlebed Hospice Service User Group, led by Clare Sherriff, bought furniture and Jan Watson, from Aston, donated a sofa.

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