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Palliative care room opened

THE Blue Care Mareeba Garden Settlement officially opened its dedicated palliative care room on Monday.

The room, which is courtesy of funding provided by the Granite Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, will provide care for those with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

The official opening consisted of a plaque unveiling and a morning tea for residents, staff and members of the Granite Masonic Lodge.

Blue Care North Queensland General Manager Liz Brown thanked the Granite Masonic Lodge and Hand Heart Pocket while highlighting how the room will provide a continuation of Blue Care’s commitment to holistic care.

“When a loved one has to receive palliative care it is very hard, so we are glad we can provide this space to our residents and their families during what is an incredibly difficult time,” she said.

“Blue Care is very grateful to the Granite Masonic Lodge and the Hand Heart Pocket program for their donation which has resulted in a palliative care room that is peaceful and allows our team to continue their high standard of care in a private and comforting space” Ms Brown said.

Granite Masonic Lodge provided Blue Care with the funds through their Hand Heart Pocket program which enabled the recent build.

John Collins, Treasurer of the Lodge, said Hand Heart Pocket was established to provide financial assistance to Masonic Lodges in Queensland who wish to donate to a cause in their district.

The Mareeba Garden Settlement’s new palliative care room is set to bring much-needed relief and an improved quality of life for sufferers in what is an underutilised form of care.

For those wanting information on the palliative care room and its services, you can find out more at www.dailycare.com.au or you can visit the Mareeba Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility at 7 Macrae Street, Mareeba.


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