Over 800 people stay on one of our three wards each year. These are usually people with complex needs who cannot be cared for at home.
We need your help to make sure that the people we care for feel as at home as possible at St Christopher’s while also providing them with good quality end of life care that’s tailored to their needs.
To do this, we will be refurbishing our wards to make sure that they’re in excellent condition and set up in the best possible way to provide both specialist care and a warm, homely environment.
“At the hospice, it is our job to make sure that we do all we can to offer help and support to those who need it. A big part of this is making sure people feel comfortable and at home whilst they stay with us. The wards, however, need some essential work to help us do this better.
We want to make them brighter and more welcoming, as well as better equipped so that we can best support people in any way they need. Such work will change the experience of those who are going to die and their loved ones who will always remember those final moments together. That’s where you come in: you can make this possible.”
Essential works: This will range from redoing the drainage in the showers to laying new flooring and changing the layout of the rooms to make the most of the space we have.
Creating a home from home: We want our wards to be a modern, welcoming space without the typical clinical feel. To achieve this, we will need fresh paint, new blinds, cushions, throws and much more. We also want people to be able to personalise their rooms by designing spaces for photographs and the things that are important to them.
Making our wards dementia friendly: People with dementia often find new places disorientating and, with as many as three in four people cared for at St Christopher’s living with dementia, we think we can do more to make that experience a bit less daunting. This will include looking at how we use signage and contrasting colours throughout the hospice to help people orientate themselves.
Katie Hill recently spent a couple of weeks at St Christopher’s and here’s what she had to say:
“The people and care at the hospice cannot be faulted, but I do think there are a few ways the rooms themselves could be even better, so I was really pleased to hear there are plans to make them feel more like a home from home.
For many people it’s hard being away from your creature comforts, so having cosier bedsheets and blankets would make your stay just that little bit more pleasant and the room that bit more homely.
When I’m here on my own it would also be so helpful to have better internet connectivity or smart TVs so I can keep in touch with friends and family more easily.”