Tuesday 4th July 2017

On Thursday 27th April, we proudly welcomed former Paralympic world record holder Danny Crates to open our latest development in providing the best possible care for people with life-limiting illnesses in mid Essex.

The facility, known as “Room 9”, is within our Inpatient Unit and was designed to provide an inclusive space suitable for young people and families to spend time together in a homely environment, if palliative support and care requires overnight stays.

Young people already face plenty of challenges when preparing for adult life. For those who have a complex health need, one of the challenges as they reach adulthood is the transfer to a new care environment. In many cases, they will have been cared for by the same people for as long as they can remember.

The transition to an adult hospice can therefore be a difficult time for many young people, as they consult with several new health and therapy teams, as well as adult social care services. However, the transition is necessary to manage and administer the specialist care required.

The suite is a fully accessible studio apartment with a kitchenette, bathroom, modern entertainment centre, and private outdoor area, as well as a sofa bed for visiting family and friends to allow young people to live as independently as possible.

Patients will be able to relax with friends and family as they prepare meals, catch up on their favourite TV shows, and play games, whilst specialist palliative care is on hand 24/7 to assist where needed.

We are delighted that with the generous support of our funders we have been able to convert an unused wing into a really homely environment for families and young people to stay for short breaks at the hospice. The studio apartment has been designed to be disabled friendly so young people can be as independent as possible when staying with us.

Alison Stevens, Chief Executive

With the suite now in use, we estimate that 50 patients will benefit from this room in its first year of opening, and are hopeful that it will allow them to feel comfortable and cared for, in an environment that is specifically tailored to their needs.

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