What HospiceCare means to me: It’s a way to help and support people in need at the end of life and that encompasses the person who is dying, as well as the family who are having to face their loved ones deterioration, the carers who are helping at this difficult time and whoever else that might be finding it hard to say goodbye to that person. If I can help make this time as comfortable as possible and offer my support where it’s needed most, then that is why I am privileged to be part of the HospiceCare team.
What HospiceCare means to me: To be able to support the patient and their family through a difficult emotional time, ensuring the patient has no pain or discomfort and allowing either the patient or family time to talk and share any worries they may have. I feel that sometimes a listening ear or a hug can be such a comfort at such an emotional time.
What HospiceCare means to me: At the interview for Hospicecare, I remember saying that I subscribed to lifelong learning and in this case it couldn’t be more true.
After almost 20 years in maternity, I have come full circle and Hospicecare is giving me so much insight into palliative care and what it means for the people I care for and their families The appreciation for what Hospicecare can do for our patients/clients is very evident at all the homes I have attended so far and this translates into tremendous job satisfaction and in my case, the feeling that even at retirement age, working life can continue as per norm if you want to.
Your wise council, comfort and understanding give renewed hope to so many, not just for the journey, but that human kindness is the greatest gift of all and can still be found. I will always be grateful.
If you have questions about Hospice at Home you can always read our 'Myth Busters' about the service.
Anyone is welcome to contact HospiceCare directly as a GP referral is not required.
You can either call us directly on: 01665 606515 and asked to speak to a member of the nursing team, or fill in our enquiry form and a member of the nursing team will get back to you. Debbie Allan, Deputy Nursing Manager