Charity provides temporary home for dementia patients

A charity is providing a temporary residence to people with dementia while an NHS trust completes a £500,000 refurbishment of their Hull home.

Dove House Hospice is accommodating the guests for six months so Humber NHS Foundation can refurbish its Maister Lodge mental health inpatient unit.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses, and the Trust, a multi-specialty healthcare provider, say the project is the beginning of what they hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.

Jan Smith, the Trust’s Care Group Director for Mental Health, said: “We are delighted to be working more closely with our colleagues at Dove House who are providing the highest quality accommodation and support to our patients who are in the later stages of dementia.

“The move to the Needler Unit is not only providing a comfortable and homely environment for people in our care but an opportunity to share skills and knowledge in dementia and end-of-life care for both staff teams.

“This will be the start of a partnership in care which I am sure will benefit patients now and long into the future.”

The patients were transported from Maister Lodge, in Hauxwell Road, to the Hospice, in nearby Chamberlain Road, in a carefully planned operation that went without a hitch.

All of the patients are now settled in the Needler Unit and being cared for by Maister Lodge staff who transferred with them to ensure continuity of care.

The unit, which can accommodate up to 14 patients, is separate from the services Dove House provides from its site in Chamberlain Road, and Trust patients, relatives and staff have their own entrance.






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