Rowcroft wants you to help shape future of care

CEO of hospice

Mark Hawkins - Credit: Submitted

Rowcroft Hospice is planning for the future - and it wants your help.

Rowcroft says it is committed to making every day the best it can be for those living with a life limiting illness and their families in South Devon.

It is currently investigating how it can enhance and extend its care to support more people in the future.

Following a community survey into elderly care provision, the hospice is continuing to gather local views on its ambitions with a public engagement event.

Taking place at the hospice on Thursday December 9 between 2.30pm to 7pm, the event will provide an opportunity for people to help inform the hospice’s plans.

At the heart of its ambition to enhance and extend its care is a refurbishment of the Inpatient Unit.

Rowcroft Hospice Inpatient Unit

Rowcroft Hospice's Inpatient Unit - Credit: Submitted

The hospice is exploring various options including increasing the number of beds, as well as looking at how it can create spaces that will give patients and their families even greater independence and choice during those precious moments together.

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In the Torbay Strategy for Housing in Later Life, it is estimated that by 2035, the area will have a 370 shortfall in dementia nursing beds.

This is reflected in Rowcroft’s recent community survey into elderly care provision, which revealed that care for those with dementia was a key concern – 60 per cent of respondents said that more was needed locally.

Nurses and patient at Rowcroft

Nurses and patient at Rowcroft - Credit: Submitted

Nearly 50 per cent also felt that there wasn’t enough end of life care, options for multi-generational companionship, dementia nursing and elderly living and accessible recreational activity venues in the community to support the elderly population.

Following this research, the hospice is looking at how it can extend its offer to support the dementia care gap, as well as help to make the elderly living, multi-generational and recreational connections for the elderly that are currently missing.

CEO Mark Hawkins said: “We are incredibly proud to care for our community and want to ensure that specialist, quality end of life care is available to everyone who needs us, irrespective of diagnosis, circumstance or background.

“It is, therefore, really important that we take on board the opinions of our community to ensure our care evolves in a way that will best support everyone who needs us in the future."