…simple things which we so often take for granted but which can make the world of difference to the patients and families we care for.
These beautiful comments, made by Mike Summersgill regarding the care his wife Sue received on the Inpatient Unit, perfectly sum up the difference the cuddle bed can make:
“The nurses realised how anxious Sue was after the first night and asked me if I wanted to stay. They mentioned that they had a cuddle bed and they brought it into Sue’s room and dressed it up for us with a little heart towel sculpture and chocolates on the pillows. That was amazing, a really nice touch. The cuddle bed has been a big relief for her because she knows I’m there and she can just reach out and touch me, and we can have a cuddle. It’s been so important to us to spend that time together while we’re going through this.
The cuddle bed means that for moments in time, however, brief, we can revert to our normal reality of being together – watching TV of an evening, lying in bed, having a brew. It’s a brief escape from the current reality of what’s happening and the cuddle bed allows that closeness and the feeling that, for a few precious moments, nothing is wrong.”