Preparing to come to the Inpatient Unit at Rowcroft Hospice

Our vision is to make every day the best it can be for every one of our patients and their loved ones, and to enable families to share precious time together. Here are a few simple ideas on how you can help us to achieve this.

What can I bring into the hospice?

We want to make sure you’re comfortable at the Inpatient Unit, and that you have everything you need, so here’s a handy checklist:

  •  Clothes to wear during the day plus what you would normally wear in bed along with slippers and shoes. Our bedside lockers are not very large and so it helps throughout your stay if your family can bring clean night clothes in and take away the others for washing.
  •  Toiletries, for example items like your favourite shampoo, soap or shower gel, toothpaste and brush, steradent, hand cream, make up, perfume, deodorant, razors, hair brush, tissues.
  •  Any medication you’re currently on along with any healthcare items you usually use, such as dressings, creams, tube feeds, feed pumps and pleurX/rocket drains
  •  Small personal items that you want close at hand, like a book to read, some pen and paper or a favourite photo.
  •  A mobile phone, tablet or laptop but please set it to a quiet setting before you come in so that it doesn’t wake anyone. Don’t forget to bring in the charger and headphones too.
  •  Please keep valuables to a minimum and please don’t bring in a lot of cash as we don’t have a safe. 
We have TVs, DVD players and a hair dryer onsite for you to use. There are also plenty of books, jigsaws and board games here too.

How can I maintain what matters most to me?

It can help your stay at the hospice to be able to draw upon whatever it is that you find comfort and strength in. We are all shaped by the people, places, stories and opportunities that matter to us – these bring meaning to our lives and shape our personal sense of self. You might like to consider:

  •  What helps you to live life your way?
  •  What sustains you and cheers you?
  •  What relationships are important to you?
  •  What would you like to keep doing whilst here, if possible?

If you’re unsure about anything, just give the Inpatient Unit a ring on 01803 210800.

364 Patients Cared For in IPU
patients were cared for in our Inpatient Unit last year
2 Dogs
dogs provide pet therapy in our Inpatient Unit

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