A recent generous donation to Phyllis Tuckwell has enabled the Hospice Care charity to buy a new bariatric bed and mattress for its In-Patient Unit, at the Hospice in Farnham.
Phyllis Tuckwell cares for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. The Doctors and Nurses who work on its 18-bed In-Patient Unit (IPU) provide 24-hour compassionate and personalised care for patients who are in their last days in life, while its Therapists, Counsellors, Chaplains, Social Workers and Welfare Advisors provide emotional, spiritual and practical support to patients and their families. The IPU also cares for patients whose pain and other symptoms need bringing under control, after which these patients often return home.
“We are very grateful for the generous donation which enabled us to buy this bariatric bed and mattress,” said Caroline Rogers, Ward Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “We used to have to rent one when we needed it, which is very expensive, so it is wonderful to have been able to buy one and to be able to save rental money, which we can then spend on other patient equipment.”
Bariatric beds are wider than standard beds and are built to safely accommodate larger patients, ensuring that they are comfortable and helping to prevent injuries and bedsores. When it is not needed for bariatric patients, this bed can accommodate any patient, regardless of their weight and size, and hence it is put to good use within the Hospice at all times.
In addition to the IPU, Phyllis Tuckwell also provides care through its Living Well and Care at Home services. The Living Well service supports patients who are still living at home, to manage the impact of their illness and get the most out of life. It offers sessions on subjects such as coping with anxiety, getting a good night’s sleep and maintaining mobility, and holds these sessions at its Hospice in Farnham and Beacon Centre in Guildford. The Care at Home team offers patients access to Phyllis Tuckwell care in the place where most people want to be – at home, or in their care home or community hospital – and includes Hospice Care at Home nursing, which provides compassionate and dedicated care at home for patients in their last weeks of life.