Home away from home opening soon
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