The Sunshine Hospice in patient facility in Doonan has for some time been experiencing financial difficulties.Read full article
I want to draw a little on the 'fact sheet' that has been available in our op shops to provide some transparency and accuracy concerning the current situation of the hospice and the charity generally.
The actions of some volunteers that led to the closure of the Tewantin and Cooroy shops are contrary to the task of reopening the hospice. Those volunteers, who are a small minority of our volunteer base, have formed a Katie Rose Cottage Committee. This committee has asked to meet with the Board on two occasions and twice our offer has been refused. It wants the hospice to return to the small scale, low cost, local model proposed by the founders. The Board believes this model is not sustainable. We need a wider vision here, one that encompasses the whole of the Sunshine Coast. Based on considerable evidence, the Board sees that, to provide the quality of care that patients need 24/7, care by paid registered nurses and support staff along with a large group of volunteers, a wider model is the only sustainable way for the hospice to operate and this has been the case since 2011. But, whichever model, there is still a gap between what we raise in funding and the cost of overall operations.
Our Community Hospice is a former luxury Bed & Breakfast located in the hinterland community outside of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This charming property has been adapted and equipped to care for the dying. With lovely grounds, a pool and BBQ area, local birdlife in abundance it is a very peaceful environment. Our Hospice is commonly called Katie Rose.
The care and support provided in our hospice is based on a philosophy of care which addresses people's physical, psychological, social and spiritual issues. The aim of hospice care is to attend to people's physical symptoms and pain and help them find comfort, peace and dignity at the end of life.
We specialise in personalised palliative care and an all encompassing approach, tailored for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Additionally support and information/counselling is available for family and friends to assist with grief and bereavement.