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National Hospice Care Week 2021 is a chance for us all to celebrate hospice care nationwide. At HospiceCare North Northumberland we want to use this opportunity to further raise awareness of our palliative and end-of-life care services to our local communities.  This year we asked some of our Hospice at Home team to say why they do what they do which you can read about below.

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What HospiceCare Means to Me...

Doreen Scantlebury

HospiceCare Dementia Support Worker & Nursing Assistant


“ Working for the Hospice gives me the opportunity to try and support people living with dementia and their carers.  The highlight of the year so far for me was the re-opening of the Dementia café’s. The past year has been terrible for lots of people and many have felt socially isolated without the support network groups that they had before lockdown. To have the Dementia café’s back again was wonderful, seeing everybody face to face, smiling and happy, re-uniting friendships the hospice building was alive again. For me personally if I can make a person’s day a little bit brighter then it’s a good day for me and working for the Hospice gives me the chance to do this.”

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What HospiceCare Means to Me...

Elaine Belk

Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistant


“Working for the hospice clinical team is a very rewarding role.  We get to meet lovely people, both patients and their families when they are often exhausted and emotional caring for loved ones at home . They are so grateful for the hel , support and care that we bring with us .  It is important to me that every patient gets the best care in their final days and are treated with dignity,  respect and that their last wishes are met . I feel privileged to be part of the hospice at home team where everyone is caring , compassionate, dedicated and empathetic and I am proud of the work we do.”

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What HospiceCare Means to Me...

Hilary Woodburn

Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistant

“Hospice Care to me means we get to participate in one of the most private times in a person’s life, we are able as a team to bring a high level of care and expertise into people’s homes so each person can have a peaceful and comfortable final journey.

Holding the hand of a wonderful Lady, watching what was to be her final sunrise is a memory I will cherish forever. I think it is a true honour to be able to work in Hospice care”

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What HospiceCare Means to Me...

Rena Hockney

Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistant

“To be part of the Hospice team is very special. It is such an amazing organisation, that we are so lucky to have here in North Northumberland. I have been part of the charity since 2013 and have been able to offer my help to people and their families when facing end of life, offering practical and emotional support as part of our team. We try to do all we can to give people facing life limiting illness the choice to remain at home, if they so wish, for however long that might be, and offer the opportunity of on-going support for friends and family – whatever we can do to help.   HospiceCare North Northumberland … the key word that says it all ....Care .  It’s what we’re all about and I am proud to be a small part of that.”

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How we can help...

If you would like to know more about the services we deliver across North Northumberland, please click on the link below