Centurion Hospice is proud to stand beside hospice organisations worldwide to celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Saturday, 10th October 2020.
This year’s theme is “my care, my comfort”, and Centurion Hospice honours this by the re-opening of the In-Patient Unit (IPU) that closed around four years ago.
Annette Reed, the general manager of Centurion Hospice, says: “We are pleased that the
opening of our newly refurbished IPU coincides with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. With fourteen beds, the facility will provide much-needed care for patients who
cannot afford palliative and respite care.”
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support
hospice and palliative care around the world.
A local hospice plays an integral part of a community’s response to health care provision for people who do not have access to private medical care. Reed says palliative care is not
high on the list of local public health services. “Hospices step into that gap.” “We, therefore, urge the community to get involved by either donating previously loved goods, supporting us by giving cash donations or become a volunteer. “ Home-based
patients need visits to assist them with cleaning, washing and just a little company; in- patients need a little company – perhaps reading or just conversation; shops need sorters and assistants; and events need people to assist with organisation,” says Reed.