The Toowoomba Hospice provides quality, patient-centred health care at the end of life as well as short-term respite to support clients and their families. The nine-room palliative care facility will use the money to partly fund a new nurse call system that is more sensitive to patients reaching their end-of-life stage. The new Rauland Buzzer system minimises disturbance to other patients by avoiding loud buzzer sounds and emergency pull cords, instead using a flashing light system to alert nurses to the varying needs of patients.

This donation was made through a partnership with National Seniors Australia’s Garden City branch in Toowoomba. Toowoomba Hospice Fundraising Manager Mark Munro says the new system will improve care for its patients at a time when it’s needed most.

“This will help Toowoomba Hospice maintain the professional quality care to those with a terminal illness as we have done over the last 19 years,” Mr Munro said.

Home Instead Australia Chief Operating Officer Georgia Downes says Home Instead is passionate about maintaining the dignity of Australians as they age and nothing is more important than assisting those at their end-of-life stage to pass with peace and grace.