The Rosemary Foundation in Petersfield, Hampshire, has received a helping hand from Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties to buy a brand new piece of equipment to assist with its hospice at home services.
The leading local housebuilder, which is currently building high-quality new homes across the region, has donated £370 to the charity to purchase an aspirator – a suction device that relieves symptoms to enable patients and their families to be more comfortable during end‑of‑life care at home.
Julie Cotsell, Clinical Manager at the Rosemary Foundation, says: “The foundation has a team of nurses trained in palliative care who provide services to people at the end of their lives who wish to be at home, rather than be admitted to a hospice or hospital.
“A condition that can sometimes occur at end of life is when the patient can no longer swallow their saliva, which is something we do without being aware of when we are fit and well.
“As our patients become weaker these secretions can build up, producing a rasping sound which can be distressing for their families. Medication can be given to assist this, but occasionally this isn’t enough and this is when an aspirator may be used.”
The Rosemary Foundation currently has 16 nurses working regularly, who between them provide on‑call services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“This equipment is very important to us as it’s portable, so the nurses are able to take it with them to patients’ homes,” continues Julie. “It helps to ease symptoms and makes a huge difference to both patients and their loved ones.
“We’re delighted to receive this donation – to have this equipment on hand makes end‑of‑life care for our patients and their families so much more comfortable. Everyone at the Rosemary Foundation is so grateful to have this support from Taylor Wimpey.
“The foundation receives no statutory funding, so we’re heavily reliant on community fundraising and support. This means that we don’t have a lot of money available for equipment such as the aspirator, so this is massively beneficial to us.”
Alex Sciarretta, Associate Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, says: “We’re honoured to lend our support to the Rosemary Foundation and support this wonderful charity and the fantastic work it does.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, and helping the foundation to improve its services can help make a difference to so many local people and their families.”