We plan to open our first Cottage Hospice towards the end of 2017.
This concept is about placing Hospice care back in the heart of communities, not replicating the model we have got at Pembury but with more engagement with the local community and increased involvement with volunteers, especially the kind of volunteers who want to be hands-on.
Of course some patients, especially those with more complex symptoms, will continue to need the specialist care and facilities of our In-Patient Unit in Pembury. However those whose symptoms and pain are manageable in comfortable surroundings in their community, with the support of specialist volunteers, will rely on Cottage Hospices. The great benefit of this concept is the idea of patients, families and carers being able to be cared for nearer their own homes (specifically where care in their own home may not be feasible). Our traditioanl catchment area covers 400 square miles so for some of our patients, their families and carers, being rooted in their community at this stage of their life, with access to compassionate, supportive, individualised and holistic care, will help ensure their remaining time is as happy and comfortable as it can be.
With this in mind, ideally, we would love to see a few Cottage Hospices dotted around the edge of our patch. The idea is for a Cottage Hospice facility where the community is engaged, not just for end-of-life care but for activities such as the Hospice Day Service type of work or family and carer support and training, those sorts of things, to make it more of a community hub.
We have partnered with the Kent and Sussex Courier to raise £1 million in support of our first Cottage Hospice. You can read the Courier articles here. If you would like to make a donation to support our work, please use the green donation button at the top left of this page or phone Debbie Paterson in our Fundraising Department on 01892 820524.