To coincide with Hospice Care Week (7th-11th October) and World Hospice & Palliative Care Day (12th October), local charity Hospiscare is announcing its plans to build a state-of-the-art day hospice in Honiton.
The new centre will be a lifeline to patients in the region, as well as a hub for all Hospiscare's community nurses. And interior designer Naomi Cleaver is on board to consult on the design process!
Hospiscare currently runs day hospices in Exeter, Tiverton and Seaton Hospital. The building of the new East Devon Day Hospice is being made possible thanks to a grant of £510,000 from NHS England and generous pledges from Hospiscare's sister charities and charitable trusts.
Hospiscare Chief Executive Glynis Atherton said:
This new day hospice will be built as a result of a partnership with Budleigh District, Exmouth and Lympstone and Sidmouth Hospiscare. Rural isolation is a major issue in the East Devon area and we know that there is a demand for flexible, locally based hospice care. We are all committed to excellent end-of-life care for people in East Devon and this centre will make a massive difference to the quality of life for patients and their families. Our existing Seaton Hospital-based day care service will transfer to our purpose-built facility on completion.
Hospiscare have purchased a site on King Street, in central Honiton, and building work will start in January 2014, with a view to opening the centre in summer 2014. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds with plenty of parking, the new day hospice will be a haven of care for thousands of local people, offering complementary therapies in spa-like treatment rooms, a large and comfortable patient lounge, a beautiful garden, plus educational facilities for the training of healthcare professionals and students, and access to palliative care specialists for support, advice or treatment.
Collaborating on the project is interior designer Naomi Cleaver, who will be consulting with the project manager and with nursing teams in Hopiscare's existing hospices to ensure that patients visiting the new day hospice receive the maximum therapeutic benefit.
Environment is fundamental to well-being, and the issues at hand go to the heart of what my design philosophy is about.
We talk about our homes being loci of wellbeing, but it's even more important in a health-giving environment. It's well known that colour can influence our experience of a space, but it's also about sound and smell, light and shade, artificial light and natural light, privacy and connectedness, and finding the right balance between all these aspects. Ixi'm very excited to be involved with this fantastic project, and am delighted to be able to apply all the study that I've developed over the years in helping to make the East Devon Day Hospice the best of its kind.
Although the grant from NHS England and pledges from the sister charities have enabled Hospiscare to purchase the site in Honiton and begin the build, the charity still needs to raise £250,000 to complete and finish the project, and provide the running costs for two years (which amounts to an extra £50,000 per annum). To achieve this figure, Hospiscare is launching the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal.
Hospiscare is holding a series of open events to introduce the project and to let people know how they can get involved in fund-raising: