Thank you to The Star Trust
The Star Trust is an East Midlands-based charity, run by local business owners and entrepreneurs, which supports good causes across the region. The Star Trust’s events raise in the region of £100,000 for local charities each year and it’s with great thanks to them and their funding, that we now have two CuroCell Cirrus mattresses and two pressure relieving riser recliner chairs in Beaumond House. The mattresses have made a real difference to patient comfort and the chairs have ensured we can offer patients greater choice, to sit or lie on reducing the trauma of having to transfer frequently back to bed to relieve pressure points. Most people, when asked what is important to them at the end of their life, very often reply that they want to be pain-free and so keeping patients comfortable and free from any symptoms is a top priority for the staff at Beaumond House. This is coupled with our aim of helping people to feel safe, well supported and listened to. As people approach the end of life they may need to be cared for in bed all the time as they become weaker and are no longer able to sit in a chair or move around. This puts the person at high risk of developing pressure ulcers along with other factors. It is therefore important that we provide a support surface (mattress) that offers both comfort and pressure relieving qualities.
If a patient’s comfort can be improved and pain reduced without the need for drugs which can cause drowsiness or nausea – the patient is more likely to be able to enjoy time with family and loved ones, increasing the quality of a patient’s last days and hours.
"Our belief is that everyone has the right to a good death but Beaumond House is also committed to supporting the family and loved ones of those we have cared for. We understand that everyone will need to grieve following the death of a loved one and to be able to do so knowing “we did everything Mum/Dad wanted” is incredibly important and can affect the grieving process immensely. The comfort of knowing the best level of care was given helps to ensure that in the longer term grieving is less anxiety-ridden and comes with greater acceptance. It is a further essential role we play"
We are extremely grateful to the Start Trust for their support and kind donation.