Forrest Centre hospice to accept patients regardless of insurance status after receiving $2m boost for 10 beds

An artist impression of what the Forrect Centre upgrades could look like. Picture: Supplied
An artist impression of what the Forrect Centre upgrades could look like. Picture: Supplied

Dying with dignity will be a choice for more Riverina residents after a $2 million contribution from the State Government assured the Forrest Centre hospice of a new 10-bed palliative care facility.

Forrest Centre chairman Peter Fitzpatrick said it wouldn’t matter whether people had insurance to be housed in the facility.

“Irrespective of anyone standing in the community, if there is a spot available at the facility then the person will be able to stay there as long as they live,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the fundraising facility committee for their tireless efforts throughout this journey and for the funds that we’ve raised to be matched by the state government.”

Meredith Veale’s father was housed at the Forrest Centre during his last moments in life and said on Facebook that she was appreciative of the upgrades.

“The Forrest Centre was the final resting place for my father,” she said.

“He was cared for with respect, humour and patience. I am pleased to read of the investment and this important resource for our older generation.”

The facility should be open no later than April 2018.