THE island’s Hospice at Home service has been given £20,000 by a charity started in memory of Princess Diana.
The Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust’s money will go towards the £50,000 cost of providing a dedicated ‘Diana Nurse’ for the service.
Chairman of the trust Ron Spencer said: ‘As ever we continue tirelessly to raise funds, and for 2012 have had fantastic support from Lloyds TSB as one of their annual charities which has been a great boost. We strive to support this invaluable service as much as we can.
‘There’s no doubt that there would appear to be an ever-increasing demand for people preferring to die at home but, currently, only less than a quarter actually do so. We will continue our work to try and get somewhere near close to meeting the demand for nursing support. With further work in the remainder of 2012 we’re hoping to achieve the £50,000 target for this year . We would welcome any offers from companies who might consider us as one of their “charities of the year” for 2013 and beyond.’
Having a dedicated Hospice at Home nurse resource would increase the availability of the service out-of-hours and hopefully prevent admission to Hospice’s inpatient unit due to lack of nursing availability when the patient has expressed a preference to remain at home.
Hospice CEO Margaret Simpson thanked the trust and added that without the Diana Trust‘s support providing a Hospice at Home service would be difficult. Having a dedicated ‘Diana Nurse’ funded by the Trust would make a big difference to patients who would like to be nursed and cared for in their own home rather than being admitted to hospice or hospital.
Their families will also benefit from the additional support enabling them to carry on looking after their loved one.
Margaret added:’This generous contribution has made it possible to appoint a part time Diana Nurse who will start in her new role in November.
It is hoped that in future we can increase the hours of Hospice at Home provision from the current 900 each year to at least double this amount.’
The Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust was set up in 1998 by Don and Ali Westacott in memory of the princess to provide hospice at home services in the Isle of Man.
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