Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has praised the community support and army of volunteers firmly backing the new Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.
Mr McArdle recently met with Katie Rose Director, Carol Raye, and board members at the generously donated million-dollar property location of 199 Beddington Rd, Doonan.
General Manager John Gabrielson said the hospice officially opened late last year, however services were suspended to undertake renovations to provide greater bathroom access.
“We are excited to announce we will be offering day hospice three days a week from March,” Mr Gabrielson said.
“We have three beds ready to go and are working towards a fourth by the end of the year.”
Ms Raye said they were blown away by the community support.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the volunteers and the community,” she said.
“We have 20 people who volunteer as part of the weekly gardening team and they love it.
“Everything you see here has been donated,” she said.
The house is well-fitted with additional items including shower chairs and a car with an electric swivel passenger seat.
“We are an amazing example of a community funded health service,” Ms Raye said.
“Our model is a home away from home versus a clinical private model.
“This is our house, we call people who come here guests, not patients.
“We will do little things like if you want to go out and sit on the river and have wine and cheese then we’ll take you down there.”
Guests are looked after by a registered nurse in the tranquil setting, along with a personal and general carer and chef who looks after dietary needs.
The families of guests are also not forgotten, with a pool available for children to have a swim, along with common meetings areas.
More than 100 volunteers comprise their Tewantin, Cooroy and soon-to-be Noosaville Op shops.
Plans are also in the pipeline to expand their op-shops to other areas of the Coast including Caloundra.
Mr Gabrielson said they have decided to source a Palliative Care doctor to be on the board.
“We don’t want a free ride, we are a sustainable little organisation now, we fund the day hospice,” he said.
“The biggest thing is we’re committed, we’re valid and Katie Rose Cottage honours human life.”
Mr McArdle, who assisted in forming the original Katie Rose Cottage, said he was very impressed by the level of detail to the new location.
“The care, effort and thought that has gone into this new model is second-to-none,” he said.
“I wish the board and the community nothing but the best in their future operations.”
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