Home away from home open­ing soon

Dubbo Photo News - - Emergency Issues - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

PA­TIENTS who have to travel to Dubbo to re­ceive treat­ment at Dubbo Hospi­tal may be el­i­gi­ble for ac­com­mo­da­tion at Mac­quarie Home Stay when it opens soon.

The idea of an af­ford­able home away from home op­tion for pa­tients forced to travel long dis­tances while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, giv­ing birth or hav­ing surgery, was first floated nine years ago.

Af­ter com­mu­nity sup­port, gov­ern­ment grants and busi­ness back­ing, the doors will soon be open for the first time.

Stage One is close to be­ing com­pleted, with much of the land­scap­ing and out­door fur­nish­ings in place, and rooms are in the process of be­ing fur­nished.

“We’ve tried to use as many lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices as pos­si­ble,” said Mac­quarie Homes­tay chair­man Rod Crow­foot.

There are cur­rently 14 units about to open which will have ac­cess to com­mon ar­eas, a kitchen and out­door bar­be­cue area.

Stage Two will be a gen­eral ad­mis­sion area while Stage Three will be for can­cer pa­tients only.

Book­ings will only be taken over the phone, and pa­tients will need to ver­ify their treat­ment be­fore re­ceiv­ing a con­fir­ma­tion.

“I’ve been talk­ing to and vis­it­ing other sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties and some­thing I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to is the pos­i­tive im­pact it will have on peo­ple’s lives. Know­ing there is an af­ford­able op­tion for ac­com­mo­da­tion for them­selves and a carer, means they may come for their surgery or treat­ment rather than stay at home,” Mr Crow­foot said.

As the fa­cil­ity grows, there will be con­tin­ued op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity groups or in­di­vid­u­als to lend their sup­port with oc­ca­sional gar­den­ing, cook­ing, and cre­ation of sup­port packs.

Ev­ery room has been spon­sored in Stage Two through a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, to the tune of $420,000.

Stage Three will be a ded­i­cated can­cer pa­tient and carer ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity.

Mac­quarie Home Stay chair Rod Crow­foot and Guest Ser­vices Of­fi­cer An­ma­ree Les­lie in the al­most com­plete Mac­quarie Homes­tay Stage 1 court­yard. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS

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