Hospice opens doors to community

Hospice opens doors to community
The hospice has a welcoming light-filled atmosphere andhas been designed to serve as a true community care hub for around 180 patients.

Built for the community – and by the community – the new Nelson Tasman Hospice is now open, with patients, whanau/families, staff and volunteers universally excited by the completion of this long-awaited beautiful new amenity.
Staff began moving into the new hospice in early April, followed by patients a few weeks later.
The official opening was held on May 2.In previous years, the hospice had leased space at Nelson’s Manuka Street Hospital and various other local buildings.
The new $11.5m hospice in Stoke brings all services together under one roof for the first time and has been purpose-built to best serve the community that has done so much to support it.
“Every dollar that has gone into this new building has come from the community – from both individuals and business organisations,” says Hospice marketing and fundraising manager Paul McIntyre.
“It has been humbling to witness the scale of this community’s generosity and willingness to give.”
As well, grants from organisations including the Rata Foundation, the Lion Foundation and Pub Charity have been very helpful to the project, along with many pro bono contributions from local contractors and suppliers.
Fundraising events, such as Dance for a Cause, were well-supported.
“The feedback on the new hospice so far has been amazing – everyone is saying, ‘this is an incredible building’.”
The new hospice, which has a welcoming light-filled atmosphere, has been designed to serve as a true community care hub for around 180 patients and their whanau/family, supported by hospice staff and nearly 500 hospice volunteers.

Hospice opens doors to community
The new $11.5m hospice in Stoke has been purpose-built to best serve the community that has done so much to support it.

 
Along with a dedicated palliative care education and training room (that can serve as a community room when not needed by hospice staff), the new hospice offers a modern nurses station, a day clinic, occupational therapy, dedicated areas for volunteers, a spacious whanau/family lounge, a commercial kitchen and a large furniture store.
A small café is on track to open later this year.
Other highlights include an open reception area, a wide main hall, restful courtyard areas and beautiful spacious inpatient rooms.
There are 10 such rooms, with capacity for more to be added in future. Each has private decking, easily accessed through double sliding glass doors with views of landscaped gardens.
Beds can be readily wheeled onto the decks that have been furnished with tables and chairs for whanau/family.
The spacious rooms can accommodate a patient’s family member if needed.
A separate four-bedroom fl at has also been built behind the hospice to provide free accommodation for out of town families supporting their loved ones.
Architect for the project was Andrew Irving, of Irving Smith and the builder was Nelson-based company Gibbons.
Before construction, mock-ups of the nurse’s station and an inpatient room were made so staff could have input on the design.
All involved have gone the extra mile to make this new facility a success.
Extensive gardens and pathways have been developed, with 170 trees planted and a daffodil garden established to provide an uplifting and contemplative natural setting for the hospice.
The landscape plan was created by Canopy Landscape Architects.
In total, $130,000 was raised by the community for a dedicated ‘Trees for Hospice’ campaign.
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