Final call to have say on plans to enhance and extend hospice care

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(Last Updated On: March 23, 2022)

Following public engagement events in December 2021 and March 2022, local people have until Thursday 14 April to have their say on Rowcroft Hospice’s plans to enhance and extend its care.

Rowcroft Hospice is committed to making every day the best it can be for those living with a life limiting illness and their families in South Devon. At the heart of its ambition to enhance and extend its care is a remodelling of the Inpatient Unit, which will see the number of beds increase from 12 to 14.

The concept designs are based on creating an environment that reflects a family home, while giving patients and their families even greater independence, privacy and choice during those precious moments together. This includes single rooms with en-suite facilities that can incorporate the very latest specialist equipment, family accommodation and a café.

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The development of the hospice site also includes plans to support the ageing population of Torbay. A 60-bed, purpose-built specialist dementia and complex nursing home will enable Rowcroft to meet the wider care needs of the community, as well as provide a valuable income stream to support the hospice’s future care. Designs have been developed that will allow residents to live in a caring, nurturing and vibrant home that supports as much independence, mobility and inclusion as possible.

The final part of the project is the development of elderly living accommodation and community facilities such as allotments, a village hall and a nursery. Creating opportunities for recreational activities and providing intergenerational connections are at the forefront of the plans.

Mark Hawkins, Rowcroft Hospice CEO, said: “We are incredibly proud to care for our community and want to ensure that specialist, quality end-of-life care is available to everyone who needs us, irrespective of diagnosis, circumstance or background.

“The input of our local community is really important in ensuring our care evolves in a way that will best support everyone who needs us in the future. We are very grateful for the feedback we have received so far, which has been used to direct the development of our plans. There is still time to have your say and we want to encourage as many people as possible to get in touch before the 14 April deadline.”

More information about the plans, including the display boards from the March event and a set of Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the project website. A feedback form is also available here. People without access to the internet can get in touch by phone or freepost.

Website: www.rowcroftcare.org.uk

Email: care@rowcrofthospice.org.uk

Phone: 01803 210866

Post: Freepost RTKK-UJRJ-XBKS, Enhancing & Extending Care, Rowcroft Hospice, Avenue Road, Torquay, TQ2 5LS

Once all feedback has been received, the designs will be finalised and a planning application submitted in May.

Further information about the project is available at www.rowcroftcare.org.uk or by following Rowcroft Care on Facebook.

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