Hospice care over the phone
Busselton Hospice Care Inc has adapted its bereavement support services offering support over the phone.
The non-profit organisation has also accelerated the delivery of its Community Outreach Carer Education Program, providing basic skills training for people caring for a very sick person at home.
The program will be delivered via videoconference to ensure people can access it without having to attend face-to-face sessions. Carers will also be able to connect to this service over the phone.
Chief executive Rosie Brown said Busselton Hospice Care Inc was in the process of setting up a ‘Community Connect’ phone line, offering human contact for people in need.
“Busselton Hospice has provided end of life and bereavement support services to our community for 20 years and this is the most challenging time any of us have faced as individuals and as Australians,” she said.
“We are doing our best to be agile in adapting our programs so that we can continue to support the people in our community with a palliative diagnosis, their care network, the bereaved and anyone struggling with isolation.
“We’re also very aware that when this pandemic is over, our services will be in greater demand than ever, so we will continue to work hard to grow a solid, ongoing donor base so we are to provide a sustainable service in the future,” she said.
Regular users of the Geographe Bay Centre on Craig Street Busselton are asked to phone the Centre to make alternative arrangements.
As soon as the Community Connect service is established, it will be added to the Hospice website www.busseltonhospicecareinc.org.au and Hospice Facebook page. In the meantime, contact the Geographe Bay Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9751 1642.
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