If you pass through Five Ashes on the A367 you cannot fail to be impressed by the progress being made on constructing the new Cottage Hospice there.
It is due to open in Spring 2019 and will be unique: “the culmination of years of work and research by Hospice in the Weald in conjunction with the International Observatory for End of Life Care at Lancaster University. Hospice in the Weald has five services which support patients, families and carers: our In-Patient Ward, Hospice in the Home, Hospice Day Service, Counselling & Support Service, and now Cottage Hospice. As our fifth and new service, Cottage Hospice will have the
same values as all of our services and a number of the volunteers and staff will transfer from Pembury. This new service is all about enabling Family Caregivers to continue to care for their loved ones at the end of life. It isn’t about the building, it’s about personcentred care. But it does help greatly though that the Cottage Hospice will be in an entirely new purpose-built building which has been specifically designed and planned to achieve these aims.”
Read the full interview with Holly Cowan, head of the Cottage Hospice, and find out more about the unique care it provides for those at the end of their lives, in this month’s M&FA newsletter, available in many local shops and also to download from the Newsletter page of this website.