Living with cancer presents many challenges. The hospice aims to help people maintain their independence and dignity, help them stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home for as long as possible if that is their wish and to enhance their quality of their life.
One of the ways in which we do this is through the loan of special ‘aids to living’ equipment.
We have a large number and variety of these ‘aids’, such as wheel chairs, special beds, hoists and lifters, commodes, easy chairs with back support, and many others.
One important and useful item is the syringe driver. This is a mechanical device used to administer a mixture of drugs simultaneously over a period of 24 hours. The device is recharged and reset daily by the community nurse. We have a number of these which we loan to patients who can make use of them for as long as necessary in their own home or in hospital.
Please click here for more information about the Syringe Driver
Families are kindly requested to take care of the items, some of which are very costly or delicate and to return them in good order when they are no longer required. In this way a greater number of families will be able to benefit from them. No charge is made for this and for all other services.
During 2012, 1227 equipment items were loaned to 424 patients. These items enhance the comfort of patients and facilitate the task of their carers.