We believe that everyone deserves a choice over where they receive their care and end of life support. We want to support people with any life-limiting illness, including cancer, to die in their preferred place. By offering an in-patient bedded unit, we would be able to offer them a choice to die in our supportive and beautiful surroundings, if that is their wish.
Why do we need this new service?
Dying at home is not always possible due to people’s care needs or even everyone’s choice. Equally, some people do not feel comfortable going into a nursing home or hospital.
By offering hospice beds, we can provide the option of high quality nursing care in a homely and peaceful environment and provide people with a wider choice.
Treetops already offers hospice care in patients’ own homes through the Hospice at Home service and this commitment will not change. With the addition of an in-patient facility, we can provide continuity of care for those who wish to be cared for by Treetops until the end.
The benefits of an in-patient facility at Treetops:
- Highest standard of care in a nurse-led setting
- Flexible visiting times
- Adjacent sleeping facilities for families
- Beautiful and peaceful environment
- Easy access to other Treetops services
We hope this new service will open in spring 2020.
Where will the bedded unit be located?
The facility will be based on our current site at Risley, due to its peaceful environment and the easy access to other Treetops services.
The plans have been developed so as to complement our existing buildings and grounds.
What will the impact of the building development be?
We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum and we will manage this through a significant amount of planning throughout each phase of the development works.
Our hospice services
It is not our intention to disrupt or cancel any of the care services that we currently deliver from the hospice.
Traffic and noise
Whilst we understand that the building development will involve a small increase in traffic on the surrounding roads, we are sensitive to our local community and will work hard to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum, especially outside school hours.
Our grounds play an important part of providing surroundings that are peaceful and tranquil for those we hope will use our in-patient service, as it currently does for those who visit the hospice on a daily basis. The plans for the building have taken this into account and have very little environmental impact.
We still welcome dog walkers on our grounds throughout the development and into the future.
What are the next steps?
During January we held a consultation day with the local community and we will be submitting a planning application to Erewash Borough Council shortly.