'Worth the wait and the cakes'
THE long-awaited day hospice to serve Louth and district has been opened to the public for the first time.
People who have supported Louth and District Hospice over the last 10 years got to see the new facility off Grimsby Road for themselves at an open day on Friday.
Services are being provided in partnership with St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.
Jane Bake, director of patient care at St Barnabas Hospice said more palliative day care services have been provided thanks to the new building.
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She said: "We tailor the care to each individual's needs. People can self-refer to our services and then we get in touch with their GP to help support their individual programme through our occupational therapist and physiotherapist to help manage their symptoms.
"We also offer emotional support and can also help people regain a more normal pattern of sleep to improve the quality of their life."
There will also be a number of social activities such as art and craft sessions, creative writing and armchair tai chi.
The sessions will run on Tuesdays initially and it is hoped services will expand to other days from demand.
Mrs Bake added: "We would not be able to provide this range of services if it wasn't for Louth and District Hospice and this beautiful building. It means there is more capacity to help more people across East Lindsey."
The new day hospice has been supported with a £300,000 Help for Hospices grant to help furnish the new facility.
Mary Edwards is one of the volunteers who has supported Louth and District Hospice from the start.
She said: "This new building is fantastic and it is so wonderful to finally have it here in Louth. It is a nice, relaxing place for people to come. "
Anne Hicks, also a long-time volunteer of Louth and District Hospice said: "It is just wonderful and so worth the wait and all the cakes I have made over the years. I am delighted it is now here and I hope people will take advantage of the services."
Retired nurse Anne Bardgett has offered to volunteer at the new hospice.
She said: "I think it is a very peaceful setting and a fantastic facility for the people of Louth and district. It's a stunning design."
Louth and District Hospice still remains as a charity to support services and to continue to raise revenue to one day, be in a position to provide a residential hospice facility in Louth.
They continue to provide a home support service which is available to all palliative care patients and their families.
The new day hospice includes treatment and quiet rooms, a kitchen, day centre lounge and four themed gardens overlooking scenic countryside.