A new centre for adults with life-limiting and terminal illnesses in Luton and south Bedfordshire has opened, the first of its kind in the county.
Keech Hospice Care’s new purpose-built Wellbeing Centre will support patients to live well and remain independent.
Dalbagh Singh, 65, from Luton, said the charity’s new centre is helping him get back to what he used to love doing before he was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in 2017.
“Keech Hospice Care’s new Wellbeing Centre is just amazing. It’s so light, modern and airy. All the support I need is under one roof – it’s like a one-stop shop!” he said.
“Before coming to the Wellbeing Centre, my illness had stopped me from dancing, which I loved to do – I was always first on the dancefloor at a party. My legs were in a bad state and I was forced to use crutches. Now, with all the support the excellent Wellbeing Centre offers, it’s given me the physical and emotional care I need to dance again. It really has changed my life.”
The Wellbeing Centre can accommodate up to 30 patients a day from 18 years old. It has a new, specially adapted gym where patients follow one-to-one exercise programmes to fit their needs and a new service called aquatic therapy which takes place in the charity’s on-site hydrotherapy pool.
Elaine Tolliday, Clinical Director at the hospice, said it’s about putting patients at the centre of everything the charity does.
“I’m incredibly excited about the opening of our new Wellbeing Centre” she said. “There’s nothing else like it being offered locally and it complements our existing services at the hospice and our work in the community.
“Nowadays, hospice care is about so much more than a comfortable chair, a cuppa and a chat. It’s about working with patients and carers to understand their needs then putting in place a personalised package of care and support to help them achieve their goals.
“Patients now are living longer with often complex illnesses. We’re also seeing more young patients make the move from child to adult care. These patients want to be independent, stay at home and live well for as long as possible.
“We had already been offering patients emotional and physical support, with wellbeing groups and use of the hydrotherapy pool. But with the opening of our Wellbeing Centre, our specialist team of care professionals is able to come together in one place to really put patients at the centre of everything we do” she added.
For more information visit Keech Hospice Care