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Cuddle Beds allow loved ones to be physically close and lay together, deepening connection and providing comfort.


Cuddle Beds offer patients and loved ones a compassionate approach to end-of-life care. Large patient beds, referred to warmly as ‘Cuddle Beds,’ can make a huge difference for palliative care patients and their families.

This compassionate approach to care can have a huge impact on patients who can often feel isolated, and provides family members with the opportunity to feel close in a hospital or hospice setting.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital is leading the way in Western Australia with this approach to care, being the first hospital to offer patients a Cuddle Bed during end-of-life care.

Karan Lane, a Nurse Unit Manager in the Oncology Ward at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, has been the driving force behind the Cuddle Bed project.

When Karan’s own mother passed away seven years ago, she longed for more meaningful, intimate connection during this time, so when she later discovered the use of larger hospital beds that could fit two or more people, she encouraged this style of care be adopted.

As a caregiver I see it time and time again, where people are trying to get close to each other, and it can be heartbreaking and have a lasting effect for patients’ families. It’s about just being there…. without restriction.
Karan Lane, Oncology Nurse Unit Manager, St John of God Murdoch Hospital.
Generous donor support has provided significant funding towards 12 new Cuddle Beds for our hospitals across Victoria and Western Australia to offer more palliative patients at St John of God Health Care hospitals with this meaningful approach to care.
St John of God Foundation and St John of God Health Care are not-for-profit organisations working together to improve health care in our community.

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