Hospice with ‘a lot of love’ to recommence service
AFTER months of uncertainty Katie Rose Cottage’s 24/7 hospice service will resume this month.
The accredited end-of-life service based in Doonan temporarily suspended its 24/7 services in July, pending the outcome of ongoing funding negotiations with the State Government.
Katie Rose Cottage Hospice chairperson Carol Raye and Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton announced the service will recommence on October 14 after KRCH secured a three-year part funding agreement with the State Government, similar to that received by other hospices in Queensland.
“We are ecstatic that we will be recommencing services and thank Sandy for her tireless work,” Ms Raye said.
“Getting the ear of government among many other competing demands is not easy.
“Passion and perseverance by Sandy and our hospice team has led to this outcome.”
Ms Bolton said she was proud to have helped secure long-term funding for what she believes is a “wonderful community service”.
While it has been a “long journey” she was pleased with the outcome.
“It means not only the hospice can provide that (care) 24/7 but continue to support the friends and family,” Ms Bolton said.
“For this community to have a hospice that’s loving, that is driven by community, so it’s got the heart of the community in it … but also all the amazing volunteers and the work they do. “It’s almost like a big family and it’s very connected and that’s why it’s so special.”
She said the hospice service is invaluable for families to help them create happy memories in what can be a difficult time in their lives.
“There’s a lot of love in some sad times but a lot of love and a lot of care.”
She also thanked Minister for Health Stephen Miles who committed to working with KRCH long term.
Further funding to the tune of $35,000 from a community gamble grant and a $10,000 RSL donation will help the hospice increase their facility from three to four bedrooms.