The Forrest Centre has a long history of attending to the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of people in their final years, ensuring quality of life for all those in our care.
The goal of our Palliative Care team is to help you or your loved one achieve dignity and comfort as you come towards the end of your life. Our care is coordinated with other services and focuses on the whole person.
We currently offer Palliative Care at both our residential aged care facilities, Mary Potter Nursing Home and Loreto Home of Compassion, and have recently opened a dedicated Palliative Care facility – The Forrest Centre Hospice – in Lewisham Avenue, Wagga Wagga.
Complementing other regional palliative care services, this $4 million facility provides respite and long-term end-of-life-care, with accommodation for 10 residents, spaces for families to gather and consulting rooms for doctors and other health professionals.
The Forrest Centre is part of the Palliative Care Alliance with Calvary Health Care Riverina, Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, and Murrumbidgee Local Health District. Established in 2013, the Alliance exists to ensure people have access to seamless, well-coordinated and integrated services as they approach and reach the end of their life, regardless of financial circumstances.
One of the first of its kind in Australia, the Alliance is a powerful model for cooperation between service providers for improved care, where patients and their families can navigate smoothly between health care facilities.
The Forrest Centre Hospice is the final piece in the Alliance’s commitment to the Riverina community to establish the full spectrum of palliative care services, whether they be provided in a hospital, hospice or in the person's own home.
If you, or your loved one, requires palliative care, please contact us at The Forrest Centre Hospice on (02) 6932 3011 and we will assist you to understand your options and how we may be able to help you.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by the treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial or spiritual.
Palliate Care at The Forrest Centre Hospice
Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Intends neither to hasten or postpone death.
Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of residential care.
Offers a support system to help the family cope during the residents illness and in their own bereavement.
Uses a team approach to address the needs of residents and their families.
Maintains relationships with existing health care professionals.
Living in The Forrest Centre Hospice
The Forrest Centre Hospice can house ten residents and will provide:
Secure, private unit.
Extra large single room accommodation with private ensuite for the comfort of each resident and their family members.
Indoor and outdoor spaces for families to gather.
Quiet room for relaxing.
Consulting rooms for visiting medical professionals.
Specialised Medical Equipment.
Appropriate communication to include choices and decision making about care.
confidentiality and privacy.
High quality care given around the clock by specially trained palliative care nursing staff.
Space for family or friends to stay overnight supporting their loved one.
Social activities such as movies, craft, bingo, gardening and concerts.
Admission to The Forrest Centre Hospice
We can provide compassionate care to any person of any age who has been diagnosed with a serious illness that cannot be cured. This may include people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease, end-stage lung or kidney disease or cardiac failure.
Many people wish to die at home, but this is not always possible for a variety of reasons which may include; the nature of the illness and how much care is needed, the support available from family and friends, or whether there is someone else living at home who has the capacity to provide care when required.
The Forrest Centre Hospice provides a high level care environment which is comfortable for the resident and their family as the end of life approaches.
A referral for admission may be made by:
Hospital Liaison Officer
Community Palliative Care Nurse
Aged Care Assessment Team
Family or friends
Giving to The Forrest Centre Hospice
The "Together We Care" fundraising committee has held a variety of events across our community for The Forrest Centre Hospice.
Marg Glasson was a vocal supporter of our fundraising efforts. Sadly, Marg passed away in August 2016 but made this video to show her support for the facility.