Countess of Wessex to Grace Pine Lodge Day Center Opening

August 22, 2011 / Russell Legato, Residential Property Analyst

The Countess of Wessex will officially open the day center at Pine Lodge on October 17.

Countess of Wessex to Grace Pine Lodge Day Center Opening

The Royal visit is expected to highlight how the once dark and abandoned residential home in Tiverton is to be converted into a multi-functional day center for local patients through a £250,000 raised by the community.

It was Hospiscare that transformed Pine Lodge into what it is now after the old residential home was bought with a grant from the Department of Health.

The opening of the day center marks the welcome ceremony that offers modern facilities to local patients. Some of the observable facilities include complementary therapies, craftwork and a hair salon.

The Countess of Wessex will meet the patients, the local nurses at Pine Lodge and hospiscare volunteers who helped to raise the amount for the day center. In June this year, hospiscare volunteers won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award that recognizes the voluntary efforts of organizations.

Her Royalty will be visiting the place for the second time this year.

Hospiscare Chief Executive Glynis Atherton said: “This visit by The Countess of Wessex is a great honour for our charity.

“We are looking forward to showing Her Royal Highness just how much has been achieved for local patients in mid Devon and to explain how generous community fundraising made all this possible.”

Hospiscare provides care and support to patients and their families across Exeter, mid and East Devon.

Hospiscare nurses will be paying regular visits to patients in their homes.

Pine Lodge day center provides extra support, helping patients to stay well and positive. This enables them to make the most of precious time with their loved-ones.

On the other hand, the government of Maldives decided to establish a residential home for the elderly after the Cabinet deliberated last month on a paper presented by the Ministry of Health and Family. The residential home for the elderly will be established under the administration of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme.

The decision aims to resolve the insufficiency in the accommodation available to new charges transferred to Guraidhoo Special Care Centre.

According to Deputy Health Minister Fathimath Afiya, the ministry would decide on the location of the residential home following discussions with relevant authorities.

The Special Care Centre in Kaafu atoll Guraidhoo caters for elderly people abandoned by their families and patients and are treated for mental and other illnesses.

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