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Niagara Hospice Acquires New Sleeper Sofas for Niagara Hospice House

Wed, Oct 23rd 2019 11:00 am

   To elevate the comfort level of family members, caregivers and guests, Niagara Hospice acquired new sleeper sofas for all 10 general-inpatient rooms and all 10 residential units at the Niagara Hospice House in Lockport.
   The multi-purpose sofas, manufactured by Wieland of New Haven, Indiana, are called “Sleep Too” and feature two seating areas separated by a table that can be raised. The bed portion folds down easily with the push of a button, providing flexibility and convenience during patient visits and overnight stays.
   “The new sleeper sofas create a family room setting while ensuring guests are available and active by offering a unique space to work, eat, play games, recharge personal devices or rest while not missing an opportunity to consult with staff or assist their loved one,” said Janet Ligammari, RN, Director of Hospice Facility Services at Niagara Hospice.
   The purchase of the new sofas was supported by nearly $30,000 in proceeds from the 20th annual Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise & Clambake held on July 12. More than 300 people attended the event, which had to be relocated from the Youngstown Yacht Club to Porter-on-the-Lake Park due to the flooded shoreline. 
   “It gives great satisfaction to everyone involved with the Cruise & Clambake to know that any Niagara County family that goes to the Niagara Hospice House will experience the comfort of home that the Wieland sleeper sofas provide,” said Paul Beatty, Sr., co-chair for the Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise & Clambake. “We look forward to another great event next summer that will continue support the Niagara Hospice mission of providing specialized care and personalized support to families faced with late-stage illnesses.”
    The couches that were replaced were part of the original furnishings installed when the Hospice House opened in June 2007. Niagara Hospice has donated several couches to the Salvation Army and Goodwill and will continue to distribute the remaining couches to other organizations.
    The 21st annual Cruise & Clambake will be held Friday July 10, 2020. The event features local skippers and crews from various marinas on Lake Ontario, donating their time and boats to take participants on a cruise up the Lower Niagara River. If you or someone you know owns a boat that can take more than six guests and would like to participate or to sponsor, donate items or volunteer, please contact Allison Bolt at 716-280-0780 or abolt@niagarahospice.org. For more information, visit NiagaraHospiceRegatta.com.

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