The need for urgent works to ensure Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice are fit for the future have been highlighted in a new report.
A survey, commissioned by Help the Hospices, has found there is a real concern that demand for hospice care will rocket in coming decades because of the UKs rapidly aging population, meaning hospice care might not be as available to people as it is now.
But at Trinity, work is already being planned to make sure the building on Low Moor Lane, Bispham, is fit to serve the population of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre for as long as it is needed.
Our Hospice Heroes appeal aims to raise £200,000 for the hospices, which will be put with a grant of £280,000 from the Department of Health to pay for the work.
It includes refurbishing much of the building, replacing and updating much of the original furniture and features, creating more single rooms and quiet areas for privacy and dignity.
At Brian House, the bedrooms will be made brighter and safer, and the main room will be made bigger to accommodate the large medical beds.
Almost half the people surveyed for the Help for Hospices survey, carried out by pollster Populus, said they were worried there wouldn’t be enough hospice care available in the future.
The findings have been published as a new report by the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care, which highlights the challenges facing hospices over the next 15 years.
The Commission says the UK’s ageing population will place increasing demands on hospices because of the rising number of people with complex health and social care needs. The number of people aged 85 and over alone is expected to double in the next 20 years. In addition, the number of young people with life-limiting conditions who receive hospice care is also increasing.
It is calling on hospices to adapt so they are equipped to face the opportunities and challenges they face in the future. And with Hospice Heroes, Trinity is ahead of the game.
Trinity’s finance, retail and fund-raising director Helena Lavin said: “This report really underlines just why Trinity Hospice has to be ‘fit for the future’.
“As the demographic and expectations of the community we serve changes, along with the demand for us to support more people with different conditions beyond cancer, including elderly patients and patients with dementia we need to ensure our facilities and services are ready for the changing times.
“Every hospice in the UK is facing similar challenges and we’ve prepared ourselves.
“The recommendations highlighted within the report include many of the important changes we are addressing in our appeal. With the community’s fantastic support we have the unique opportunity to improve our facilities and services now to be ready for the changes we are facing, so we can continue to provide our vital care to the many patients and families we see each year.”