New multi-million dollar hospice coming
A new multi-million dollar hospice and palliative care facility is to be constructed here to provide “a pain-free, peaceful, dignified transition” for the sick and terminally ill.
The 14-bed facility will be built at St David’s, Christ Church at a cost of $4 million, through the efforts of the Barbados Association for Cancer Advocacy (BACA) and the Living Water Community Inc (LWC), a Port of Spain-based Catholic Lay Community which operates hospices in Trinidad.
The two organizations said in a press release yesterday that the project would begin next year and was expected to be completed in 2017.
“Central to this agreement is the concept that human beings deserve the right to palliative care that permits a pain-free, peaceful, dignified transition.
“BACA, LWC and other stakeholders recognize that the aging of the Barbados population, the increase in chronic non communicable diseases, limited home palliative care options and the lack of such a facility on the island are factors that make a stand-alone hospice a desirable option,” the release said.
It noted that the Barbados Palliative Care Needs Assessment Project’s 2012 report recommended that a stand-alone hospice be part of the palliative care offerings in Barbados, and added that fundraising for the home would be spearheaded by Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA (BDC USA), a not-for-profit United States organization, in conjunction with domestic and international stakeholders.
BACA is the local arm of Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA) Inc. Over its 10-year history, BACA has provided support for cancer related services in Barbados through significant funding for early detection, scholarship support, research and the provision of medical equipment, the organization said.
According to the release, the idea for a Hospice was first proposed by BACA at a January 2011 meeting of leaders of Barbados organizations in New York, held at the Consulate General of Barbados under the auspices of then Consul General, Lennox Price.
LWC was founded in 1975 and provides ministries to the poor, homeless, abused, dying, drug addicted and illiterate in Trinidad and around the region, the release stated.
It added that LWC has operated hospices in Trinidad since 1983, and as such would bring over 30 years of expertise to the Barbados hospice.
’[It] will be assisted by a pool of trained volunteers in the day to day operation of the [Barbados] hospice,’ the release concluded.