Charlton Farm are part of ‘The Children’s Hospice South West’ group who provide end of life care and support to families when they need it most. They aim to provide families with a safe haven they can relax and spend time together in, far removed from the stresses that come with terminal illness. They have eight child friendly rooms on site plus accommodation for parents and the rest of the family. Everyone is catered for through their range of playrooms, teenage focused areas, soft play areas for younger guests and a sensory room.
"The Princess 5000 is a tilting profiling bed and will particularly help us with the older children who come to us for respite and end of life care," says Care Team member Heather Richards "Because it tilts from side to side and lengthways it will aid postural drainage and allow us to reposition a child with very little manual handling. This will also make rolling and changing pads or dressings easier, with much less strain on the body of the carer, as the bed has height controls allowing staff to raise it to a convenient height for working, and then lower the bed again so the child can get out of bed safely."
The bed also features timing controls so staff can pre-set times for it to automatically turn a child very slowly. This will allow children a better night’s sleep as there will be less chance of them waking up when being turned to prevent pressure sores.
The Princess 5000 is a tilting profiling bed and will particularly help us with the older children who come to us for respite and end of life care
Trust Fundraiser, Gwyneth Wright said: "We are most grateful to the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust for this state-of-the-art bed as they are so local to us."
A Trustee from the Axentis Michael Trust paid a visit to the site said the following of his visit: “Seeing the work the team at Charlton Farm do to take care, not just of the child at the centre of it all, but of the entire family is astounding. The support that the team at the hospice offer children and their families at such a difficult time is hard to put into words. The facilities are amazing and the care, support and compassion that the team offer is unparalleled. We at the Axentis Michael Charitable Trust are pleased to have donated a bed to such a worthy cause.”