On the 12th of August 2015, I went to ‘Networking For Good’, a business breakfast meeting, at St Elizabeth Hospice. At the very end of the meeting, the other members of the group and I, were taken on a tour of the facilities.
I was expecting the hospice to be very similar to a hospital but it was completely different; instead of white walls, they had different colour walls for each ward and the wards had names of plants and trees which gave a more homely feel to the place.
There were lots of recreation rooms for both patients and their families to relax in, also the garden was absolutely beautiful. It had many flowers planted all over. There were ten yellow wheelbarrows, each with plastic flowers with the names of lost ones written on. They also had reclining seats for patients and visitors to relax in whilst they took in the views of a fish pond full of little goldfish with lily pads on.
Inside one of the larger rooms was a specially created gym, including a few steps for the patients to practice climbing up to regain strength. Parallel bars were put in to aid patients learning to walk again. As well as having equipment for the patients they had general gym equipment for patients, their families and staff to enjoy.
Many of the larger rooms, often used for the other group activities, had a machine on the ceiling (called the hoist) which was able to move people from seat to seat with ease. I didn’t know what it was at first but when I was told, I was overjoyed to know that the patients had such luxuries.
Overall, I think that the hospice has a very welcoming and homely feel to it. Next year in the summer holidays I hope to be volunteering there for three weeks because I think that St Elizabeth Hospice would be a delightful place to help out at.