A hi-tech bed offering support and comfort for those using the Waipuna Hospice’s inpatient unit is a ‘thank you’ for a much-respected community service from Harcourts Katikati Streets Ahead Realty through the Harcourts Foundation.
Streets Ahead Katikati business owner John Graham presented the Waipuna Hospice with a grant for $5,765 for the bed which is the last of seven to be updated.
Mr Graham says the bed is a huge improvement on the old ones, which were purchased 10 years ago. “Waipuna Hospice takes care of all the folks in our area from Athenree to Whakamarama, and because it’s our local hospice, we were extremely happy to support them,” he says.
The new electric bed will offer immediate safety and comfort for people with complex medical requirements such as pain relief or symptom control, rehabilitation or respite care. Many people need to remain in bed during their stays, which average from five to 10 days, and the new beds have electric height, backrest and knee-bend adjustment provision to help with breathing and digestion.
They can also be lowered to within 25cm from the ground, which is required for people affected by dementia or those at risk of falling.
Waipuna Hospice chief executive Richard Thurlow says the facility is humbled by the generous donation from Harcourts Katikati and its willingness to assist in providing the best possible care for the community.
Streets Ahead Katikati business owner John Graham presents the Waipuna Hospice with a grant through the Harcourts Foundation.