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08 January 2019

Adjustable beds provide additional comfort for terminally ill

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Palliative care patients at Toowoomba Hospice will be kept in additional comfort after the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland donated $11,000 for six new adjustable beds.

The Masonic Council, which represents 16 Masonic Lodges from the Darling Downs region instigated the donation, with their President Barry Hennessy personally contributing $5,000 towards the total.

Secretary Craig Reimers said the mobility features within the beds would not only enable patients in the final stages of life to be as comfortable as possible but would also help care staff by reducing manual handling.

“When we met with the Toowoomba Hospice to see if we could help in any way, it was identified that some new adjustable beds would be most helpful for the six-bed facility,” Craig said.

“The Masonic Council has a long history of supporting local charities and has donated to the Hospice in the past. We also have firsthand experience of the wonderful support the Hospice has provided to our family and friends, making their final time with us as comfortable as possible.”

Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said the provision of quality end of life care aligned with their values.

“We look to support charitable initiatives that help to alleviate suffering and improve people’s quality of life, particularly where there is limited access to other funding,” Gary said.

“Our support has been able to maximise the impact of the Masonic Council’s charity work at a grassroots level,” he said.

Photo: The Toowoomba Hospice’s Graham Barron, Eugenie Corbett and Ray Pern (back), with representatives of the Toowoomba and District Masonic Council Barry Hennessy, David Gwynne and Ken Stephen.

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