Why do we need to refurbish the hospice?
In 2019 Rowans Hospice celebrates its Silver Jubilee; 25 years of providing palliative and end of life care to people with life-limiting illnesses in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. During that time, we have adapted our care environment to meet increasing and changing demands. Additional single en-suite bedrooms have been incorporated and new services have been developed to care for both patients and their carers from diagnosis into care in bereavement.
We are proud of the services we offer and now want to focus our attention on the environment in which many are delivered and to enhance the general ambience within the building for everyone who resides, visits, works or volunteers. Architectural plans include increasing the amount of natural light and adding in elements of nature with internal plantings and enhanced views of our beautiful grounds. We will also modernise each patient bedroom and introduce technology so that temperature, lighting and audio can be controlled by the patient from their bed or comfortable chair.
All of our plans will focus on providing the best quality fixtures and fittings for our patients and families now into the future; for this generation and the next.
Changing patient needs
As has been widely reported in the news, an increasing number of people are living into an older age, many of whom have multiple conditions and complex needs. We are also caring for more people with dementia and therefore need to consider the use of colour and design to help people feel comfortable and safe in a new environment.
Our patients are also getting younger, as developments in medical care mean children with life-limiting illnesses are increasingly surviving into adulthood; our environment needs to be suitable for these young families too.
Through redesigning the environment we will utilises research and new design principles recommended for hospices, to create an environment that is ‘dementia friendly’ and improve functionality in the rooms to help to support independence.
Although over the years we have done our best to accommodate the increasing needs of patients and carers and deliver essential care services, we are constrained by a lack of physical space. In some service we have completely outgrown the allocated space and specifically in offering support to adults, children and young people who require psychological support and bereavement care.
Significant alterations are required within the fabric of the building to address this. Only a major renovation will enable this to happen to ensure that families and carers can be suitably accommodated with additional quiet spaces for sensitive and confidential conversations and consultations.
Why not rebuild the hospice?
Rowans Hospice is blessed with a beautiful location that is centrally placed in our large and geographically-diverse area of care. The refurbishment will provide a cost effective solution that builds on our existing footprint to allow us to create a lighter, brighter more contemporary environment, that is ‘dementia friendly’ but also appropriate for younger families and especially when there are young children who are facing bereavement.
We want to build a care environment equipped to cope with these demands and be prepared for the future. Together we can make sure that patients and families affected by life limiting illnesses, in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire will continue to have access to the outstanding care that Rowans Hospice has been providing for the last 25 years.