Catholic Homes new Comfort Care Centre, which provides a beautiful, calming environment for those in need of end of life care, has been officially blessed by the Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, Don Sproxton.
During the ceremony he emphasised the importance of being witnesses of God’s love and walking together with people coming towards the end of their lives.
“We ask the Lord to bless not just the buildings but the work of all of those who have formed this community of caring for those who are at the important time of their life, as they hand their lives back to the Lord in a very special way,” he said.
“I pray for our Catholic Homes staff who will work together to create the atmosphere of support and understanding as they accompany the residents,” he said.
Ever since it opened earlier this year, the centre has proved to be popular among the residents’ relatives and friends. It provides highly supportive care and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Testimonies from relatives whose loved ones have passed away there are full of genuine praise.
Carmela Pacceca’s mother stayed at the Comfort Care Centre while being treated for end-stage lymphoma.
“The care Mum got was fantastic. She felt very comfortable and that was so reassuring for us; that’s all we wanted for her. We were stuck when the hospital told us they couldn’t keep her. We rang so many aged care facilities and no-one wanted to take her when they heard she was palliative. Once we heard of the Comfort Care Centre and had a look, it was like our prayers were answered. Our family cannot thank you enough and we cannot think of a single thing that could have been better.”
Comfort Care Centre GP, Dr Chris Turner says he has been witness to the many benefits the centre brings, including the fact that it allows family members to be ‘a loved one rather than a carer’ and that this restoration of family members’ relationships is central to the process.