Facilities to support the brave during their treatment
These are the facilities the Foundation will provide at no cost to patients and families for the duration of their treatment in Melbourne.
15 family apartments
Fully furnished one and two-bedroom apartments finished to a high standard, with specialised modifications that support a hygienic environment:
- private lift
- reverse cycle air-conditioning
- special floor coverings
- modified bathrooms and shower areas.
All 15 family apartments are located on one floor, along with a community room to encourage networking and peer support within the accommodation centre. Here families can relax, interact together and share celebrations. This room offers internet access, a library of books, board games, DVDs, and is a safe, homely space where children can play.
There is parking for 15 vehicles and a courtesy shuttle bus that takes patients and carers to and from the treatment centres. Additional Leukaemia Foundation courtesy vehicles also will be based here.
Support services centre
A professional team of Leukaemia Foundation support staff including trained haematology and oncology nurses and allied health professionals will be based at the support services centre, located adjacent to the accommodation. These staff will be on hand to meet the emotional and practical needs of families staying at the centre including:
- access to caring and professional support
- facilitated support groups
- education on their disease, treatment
- options, side-effects and wellbeing
- access to resource materials on blood cancers
- peer support
- hospital and home visits
This functional and aesthetically designed area enables patients and families to enjoy the outdoors in a clean, safe environment, protected from the direct sun. The garden provides a tranquil setting to relax, meditate and exercise without having to leave the accommodation centre.
Patient counselling room
This room provides a private, quiet environment where patients and families can meet with Foundation support staff. Here they can be provided with skills and information to help them cope with the emotional hurdles that arise during the blood cancer journey.