Clarence MP Steve Cansdell (centre) officially opens the new palliative care suite at Mareeba Aged Care with Mareeba directors Sam Baker (left) and Steve Gordon.
Clarence MP Steve Cansdell (centre) officially opens the new palliative care suite at Mareeba Aged Care with Mareeba directors Sam Baker (left) and Steve Gordon.

Palliative care suite in Maclean

A NEW palliative care suite has opened in the Clarence Valley, offering quality care and dignity to those who are dying.

The new palliative care suite is at Mareeba Aged Care in Maclean and is separate to the facility’s high-care ward.

According to Mareeba directors Sam Baker and Steve Gordon, the suite will offer patients and their families private accommodation to live in during the final stages of life.

“Everyone has a right to high quality end-of-life and this facility offers privacy, dignity and is relative-friendly with an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette for family who wish to stay with their loved one,” Mr Baker said.

The palliative care facility was made possible by the support of the late Herbert Hockley, who along with the Brethren of Lodge Livingstone 71 Maclean, raised the funds to make the facility available.

Herbert’s wife was cared for at Mareeba for many years, and he, too, became a resident.



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