New furniture, floor coverings and drapes have been installed in the Hibiscus House Inpatient Unit as part of a much-needed refurbishment after 10 years of use.

Palliative Care Nurse Mike de la Fuente is helping guide the upgrade with special attention to the needs of patients with dementia, a condition expected to become as common as cancer within 10 years. Contrasts in décor colours and signage will help create an environment that is safer and more welcoming for patients experiencing dementia or delirium, Mike says.

“By making Hospice dementia-friendly, we make it any-illness friendly.”

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