FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local organization is providing hospital beds for those in palliative care through a lending program.

After working to acquire the beds since August, the Fort St. John Palliative Care Society officially took over the hospital bed loan program from a resident in November.

Program coordinator Michelle Olaney says the organization, which is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary in March, has been looking for more opportunities to help the community.

“This is just one of the ways that we thought we could get back out into the community,” said Olaney.

Since acquiring six hospital beds, the Society has been working out the kinks with the program and currently needs movers.

The organization is currently looking for up to four men to move the heavy beds at a moment’s notice.  With three beds out currently, the Society has had to deliver them themselves.

The Society is looking for a crew who realizes the compassion involved with the task as most clients are palliative. Ideally, Olaney says they want the bed removed from the home within 24 hours for grieving families.

“If my family member were to pass away in our house, like, you want that hospital bed moved as quick as possible because it’s a reminder.”

Depending on how the program runs, the Society may look at getting more beds in the future.

Anyone willing to help out the Society with moving hospital beds when needed, contact Olaney at 250-787-2814 or message her on Facebook.