Plans approved for new hospice facility

Work to begin this year on community funded project

An artist's sketch of the new hospice facility.

Plans have been approved for Cayman HospiceCare’s new $2.5 million, four-bedroom facility on West Bay Road, paving the way for construction on the community funded project to begin before the end of the year.

Funded through charitable donations, including $1.3 million from former police officer Derek Haines, who ran six marathons in a year to raise the money, the hospice will provide a comfortable, home-like environment for terminally ill patients.

Chris Duggan, chairman of Cayman HospiceCare, said he is delighted that the plans were approved at a meeting of the Central Planning Authority this month.

He said construction should begin at the site, donated by the Dart group, next to Coconut Joe’s, in the latter part of this year.

Mr. Duggan said, “This project has been an incredible community effort to date, and we will absolutely ensure that the end product will be reflective of the extraordinary efforts that have been put in by the entire Cayman community. This will very much be a community building, built by the community, to serve the community, and we are really looking forward to making it a reality.”

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A sketch of the proposed facility by architect John Doak, who is contributing his work as an “in-kind” donation, shows a large Cayman-style home set amid lush gardens, dotted with palms.

Mr. Duggan said the aim is to create a comfortable, spacious building with kitchen facilities and family living spaces and children’s play areas that provide a home-like atmosphere for patients and their visitors.

He said it will be a “very comfortable, ‘non-clinical’ atmosphere, conducive for friends and family to be able to spend quality time with their loved ones, and to help make the end of life journey as comfortable as it can be.”

The facility will also be home to the administrative offices of Cayman HospiceCare, bringing the operations, fundraising and clinical staff under one roof.

The organization will maintain its home-care program to help keep people comfortable and work with their families when they choose to stay at home at the end of a terminal illness.

Cayman HospiceCare currently uses a leased two-bedroom villa at the Pines for its in-care facility.

Mr. Duggan said the planning approval was an important first step in the process.

“We still have a lot of work to complete with the architect, engineers and project managers as we move towards groundbreaking,” he said.

The hospice facility is expected to take a year to build.

It will be accessible via a new road off West Bay Road.

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  1. News of this important step in the development of a permanent home for our Hospice program is encouraging and a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work that has gone into this project to date.

    From personal experience, I can attest that Hospice plays a very important role in maintaining a level of comfort and peace for both its patients and their families. Just when patients and their families are without hope and are at the end of their ability to care for loved ones, Hospice comes in to reinforce and enhance practical care at life’s end.

    I salute those volunteers and contributors to Cayman HospiceCare and urge all who can help in this meaningful effort. We all will one day benefit from the work, commitment and financial support given during this important stage of the organizations development.