Since 1991, The Mary Stevens Hospice has provided a safe, compassionate environment for specialist care and support for adults with incurable, life-limiting illness, their family and carers throughout Dudley borough, South Staffordshire, Sandwell, and Worcestershire. Care is delivered through their 10-bed In-Patient unit alongside their Day Services unit.
Their team of healthcare professionals and dedicated volunteers provide end-of-life care, helping patients cope better with pain and distressing symptoms associated with their illness and ensuring they live as happily and comfortably as possible. The Hospice also supports their families, friends and carers during and after this difficult, life changing period with emotional and bereavement support.
Their Room to Care project is an upgrade and refurbishment project which will see substantial improvements to the layout and functionality of the In-Patient Unit. The physical environment in which care is delivered and received directly affects patient, family, and carer outcomes, as well as the well-being of staff and volunteers. It needs to be such that it enhances quality of care whilst minimising stress for everyone involved.
Blue Light Card Foundation’s funding will go towards a new break room and changing facilities for the staff of the hospice. This will support the wellbeing of staff and volunteers as it will provide a dedicated space for them to rest and recharge.
Alex Winstanley, from Mary Stevens Hospice, said:
“We know that hospice care is extraordinary and caring for people at the end of life is rewarding, but it is also incredibly difficult, both physically and emotionally. The Mary Stevens Hospice is here for our communities when they need us most and with the amazing support of the Blue Light Card Foundation, we can ensure that our facilities are providing the best environment possible to support our staff and volunteers to care for people with end-of-life care needs for years to come.”
For more information on the Hospice and its work, please visit www.marystevenshospice.co.uk