£60m funding for hospices announced30th May 2012
The government has unveiled £60m of funding to help improve care for people nearing the end of their lives.
The moved was announced by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow as he visited St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham to see the refurbishments the hospice was able to carry out after receiving funding through the capital grants scheme.
The funding is open to all adult and children’s hospices in England and aimed at enhancing the hospice environment, as well as supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.
Mr Burstow said: “Our surroundings at the end of our lives play a critical role in our wellbeing. This money will help hospices all over the country make improvements such as redesigning rooms or putting in place facilities to help people remain independent.
“We are making this investment because we want hospices to be able to provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.”
Under the initiative, hospices will be able to apply for funding for projects such as: improvements to day therapy facilities, including providing transport services; developing or improving outreach services to support people in their own homes; refurbishment of inpatient and visitor areas, including improvements to bedrooms and bathrooms and providing overnight facilities for families; improvements to mortuary and bereavement facilities; and improvements to gardens and outside spaces so patients can spend time outdoors.
More details on how and when hospices can apply for the capital grant scheme will be announced shortly.
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Title: £60m funding for hospices announced
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22029
Date Added: 30th May 2012