Home hospice service extended for EP

Caring: Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation chairman Garry Downey and Matthew Flinders Home chief executive officer Martha Rowe. Photo - supplied.
Caring: Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation chairman Garry Downey and Matthew Flinders Home chief executive officer Martha Rowe. Photo - supplied.

The community service which provides support to locals who want to live in their own homes during palliative care has been extended.

Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service is a partnership between the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation and Matthew Flinders Home which provides out-of-hours and weekend end-of-life care during a community member's last few weeks.

More than 39 families have accessed the service since it began in 2017.

Matthew Flinders Home executive officer Martha Rowe said the partnership was vital to the program's continued success.

"This is a unique and vital service for members of our community and without the continued support of the partnerships it would not be possible," she said.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities was recently extended, making sure 24-hour care will continue to be provided for those wanted to be in familiar surroundings while in palliative care.

While the foundation's board oversees the financial side of the service, Matthew Flinders Home looks after the operational requirements with various associated professionals and volunteers providing their skills.

Foundation chairperson Garry Downey said a community member recently donated $10,000 to benefit the service.

"Ongoing community support will be essential in ensuring families continue to have a choice for end of life care into the future," he said.

Other fundraising also helps keep the service going, such as the Book Bazaar Charity Bookshop in Port Lincoln, which just marked its seventh year of operation.

Profits from the bookshop go towards the home hospice service and other Eyre Peninsula charities and organisations.

To make a tax-deductible donation contact the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation on 0400 685 520 or admin@epcf.com.au

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