Since 1994, Rowans Hospice has delivered outstanding care in a beautiful setting.
However, more and more people are living longer, with a greater range of life-limiting illnesses. And we now care for them, their carers and families, throughout their journey from diagnosis to bereavement.
Our building has become dated, and space has simply run out. Therefore, we launched the Capital Appeal as part of our Silver Jubilee celebrations in 2019 to completely redevelop your local Hospice so that we are better prepared to care for the next 25 years and beyond.
A dedicated patient entrance was built a decade ago, giving greater privacy for patients being admitted. However, the route to the ward includes dull internal corridors which lack natural light and look quite institutional.
We will reconfigure the entrance, installing a ‘living wall’ to connect with nature and a glass wall looking out onto a courtyard to bring in natural light.
Your support will help to build a welcoming, comforting and calming environment, reducing any psychological distress patients can feel.
Just having fresh surroundings will help the well-being of staff, volunteers and patients. Especially as the renovation plans to bring in more light – Mary Barker, Ward Nurse
Your donations will go towards refurbishing our 19 individual en-suite patient rooms to improve the environment, being specifically sensitive to those people with dementia and other forms of sensory and cognitive impairment.
Clear colour definition and tactile, textured surfaces will be used to create an environment that supports the patient’s orientation and ability to retain independence.
As the number of people dying with dementia increases, it’s important that we make sure we renovate our community hospice into a dementia friendly place – Ruth White, CEO
The bedrooms will be fitted with interactive controls, so that patients will be able to control aspects of their environment such as positioning, heating, lighting, shade and media.
All patient bedrooms will be located around the existing central courtyard with internal and external facing rooms viewing the surrounding gardens and tranquil patio courtyard garden and water feature.
This will include closing and adapting some of our current bedrooms which do not have such a pleasing aspect.
Sometimes being unwell can make people feel they have less control but the introduction of the latest technology will help to empower patients – Karen Brickell, Ward Manager
The money you raise will build new, comfortable, calm and homely seating areas, providing a haven specifically designed for relatives and carers to just ‘be’ and let go of any emotions.
Your support will also help to build private rooms for one-to-one conversations and consultations, giving families and carers the private, safe spaces they need.
Demand for Rowans Meerkat Service has grown tremendously since it first started ten years ago. Yet the space we have available to them is limited to the two original rooms. This space squeezes in both the therapeutic and office space.
With your support we can provide a significantly larger, dedicated space for children and young people. Building a double height extension, the Meerkat Service will have its own entrance and family therapy rooms, offering the space and room to hold fun and interactive workshops for children coping with loss.
Meerkat Central will be built around an indoor courtyard, the ‘Winter Garden’, with a glass roof to maximise natural light. In addition, attractive and restful spaces will be created for families and carers to enjoy. Every element of the design will focus on enhancing comfort and creating a homely feel.
Currently, people who receive support from the Psychology Service must wait for their appointments in the hospice’s main, busy reception area. There is not an appropriately quiet, private space for people needing this service.
Your donations will help build a much needed, dedicated psychology suite with its own entrance and reception, with a private, quiet waiting area overseen by our own trained reception staff. There will also be ground floor therapy rooms, eliminating the current access difficulties for those with mobility problems.
Walking through the main Hospice doors can be challenging for people at a time when they are feeling vulnerable, or may not wish people to know that they are seeing a Psychologist. The new suite will offer the private, therapeutic space that people need. Paul Beadon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist