I’m wondering what comes into your mind when Rowcroft is mentioned. We all know that hospices are a wonderful institution and we are glad we have one nearby. Because well you never know…But what is Rowcroft? What does it do? Isn’t it doom and gloom? No.
I want to tell you of my experience of Rowcroft. On two occasions I have been rushed to Rowcoft, close to death. I don’t remember very much of those first few hours on either occasion of course, but I do remember an ‘aura’ of care around me. Slowly I came around to hear of the scares I had ‘inflicted’ on my family and that aura became tangible. What warmth I felt, what skills there were and gradually I got better. I became stronger; I was looked after. I was asked if I wanted a newspaper; I was always asking the nurses for help with the crossword clues, flowers were looked after every day and would I like my hair done? And oh the food! It looked colourful and beautiful and always what you wanted. Freshly caught fish fantastically cooked.
But there was work to do. Physios arrived, OTs too and I continued to get stronger. I was brought home for a ‘home visit’ to see what rails and aids I would need before discharge and these were duly installed. Before discharge I had a bedside visit from a music therapist who played the most delightful and soothing music. I was asked if I would like a home visit. ‘Oh yes please! Can we sing jolly songs?’ And we do! It’s one of the best hours, once a fortnight, when I lose myself, forget I struggle with walking and get oxygen into my lungs. What therapy!
The community care offered by Rowcroft is extraordinary. Help is always on hand from physios, OTs and nurse all who advise and understand.
I am aware that not everyone will come home from Rowcroft. The care offered to patient, family and friends is astounding. The sensitivity, and the support, gently given at the right time. I hear Rowcroft has a financial shortfall; I am appalled. Staff hours to be reduced, services may be axed, beds possibly reduced from the already meagre 17 to 12. We must help. I’m wondering if you have any fund raising events coming up, and wondering…. would you be happy to make a small donation say 5% or even 10% of your profit to Rowcroft? If everyone were able to do it, just a small amount it could make a difference in the same way that Rowcroft makes a huge difference. Do you know of any businesses who could make a small regular donation or anyone with a thunderingly good talent for fund raising. We seriously need to do something.