Pieter de Reuver stopped by Arrowsmith Lodge last week to see one of the beds bought with a $10,000 donation from the Pieter de Reuver Foundation.
The Arrowsmith Society was able to buy four special bariatric beds which are 30 centimeters longer and 20 cm wider to accommodate today’s taller, heavier residents.
The mechanical beds lower almost to floor level for the safety and ease of patients getting in and out and rise up above waist level. They also purchased four new slings to help hoist patients.
De Reuver said they got 25 applications this year, more than ever due to the growing pressure on non-profit groups from funding cuts. They were able to give to 14 of those groups, plus 30 Vancouver Island University music students with Arrowsmith and two others getting the highest amount.
“We greatly appreciate this donation,” said administrator David McDowell eager to show off the beds that help with their clients comfort and safety.
De Reuver said it was nice to actually see the result of the donation in use, noting there seems to be less follow-up after donations are handed out than there used to be.
Story & photo courtesy of the Parksville Qualicum Beach News Reporter.