A highly specialised hygiene lift chair is helping terminally ill patients have luxurious relaxing baths at Mary Potter Hospice, thanks to an innovative programme funded by the Harcourts Foundation.
Established in 2017, the Hospice NZ Grants Programme has seen more than $114,000 donated to hospices across the country to date. The goal of the programme is to provide hospices with an opportunity to apply for grants to fund key items that directly benefit people using their services.
Mary Potter Hospice Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Philippa Sellens says staff are committed to making the hospice as much like home as possible.
“Many people who come here are no longer able to safely and easily get in and out of a bath, and so it is a real treat. We try to make it as special as possible with music, aromatherapy and sometimes even a glass of wine. Patients love it and the lift chair makes things so much easier for our nurses too. We often hear music drifting through the building and it makes everyone smile. We’re so grateful to the Harcourts Foundation for supporting the people we care for.”
Harcourts Wellington City Sales Director/Business Partner Antonia Brown says it is wonderful to be able to offer patients something they can really enjoy.
“Mary Potter Hospice’s philosophy is to care for the whole person, not just their physical needs but their emotional, spiritual and social needs. I think this bath lift chair is a great way to support this holistic care and help create wellbeing. Harcourts Wellington is totally committed to the work that Mary Potter Hospice does and it is excellent to be able to do something so positive.”
Wellington Regional Manager Vanessa Balfour with Mary Potter Hospice staff.