LARNED — Pawnee Valley Community Hospital has a new Respite Care Room thanks to the generous memorial made to PVCH Foundation on behalf of Kendall Beckwith. The Respite Care Room will be utilized for up to five days for patients who are currently under the care of hospice but their pain cannot be controlled at home or their caretaker cannot satisfy their needs. The room may also be utilized for patients who are currently admitted and make the decision to alter their care to comfort care. This room has a homelike atmosphere that is inviting for families to stay with their loved ones during this difficult time.
The room is located next to the Healing Garden to provide a therapeutic view. Half of the room is a lounge area with an armed sofa, chairs and a coffee table. The room has a refrigerator that is stocked for the family. Dietary provides snacks and tea throughout the day and PVCH Associate Karen McDade is making a throw blanket for the family to have during the stay and take home. Fresh flowers will also be in the room. Special touches have been carefully thought through and the PVCH Hospital and Foundation are grateful that the Beckwith family has honored Kendall through this project.
“This room is an honor to his memory and appreciation for love of nursing. Kendall was family oriented and would be pleased that the patients and families using the room during their stay can be together during this difficult time,” said Kyle Beckwith, a family member.