The world of social media is celebrating the wonderful work of hospices and their staff across the country this week as it is Hospice Care Week (from Monday 9th to 15th October).
We love so many of the messages being shared this #HospiceCareWeek, but some stand out more than others. For instance, hospice care can be in the community, it can be mobile, hospice care can be in a hospital and it can be in a shed. The traditional service of old is changing and suiting an enormous variety of different needs and preferences.
It’s so often the little details that make such a huge difference for the carers of loved ones and the patients, like knowing that the patient likes strawberry over vanilla ice cream…
Hospice care is about relationships, trust, kindness and compassion – all delivered with a smile.
As we chat to more of our charity beneficiaries these messages are repeated loud and clear and it’s our wish to be part of the kindness and compassion that hospices can offer. For example, we have become great friends with Bluebell Wood Hospice in Sheffield and they now refer families to us several times a year.
How do we help carers?
We own an idyllic cottage in Bath that is available to carers so they can rest and re-charge ready to return to their duties feeling energised. And we have the capacity to help more carers of loved ones with life limiting conditions! To do this, we welcome hospices throughout the UK to get in touch and refer their carers to us. Our application process is very short and easy. The referral form is available to download from here.
Hospice UK works tirelessly raising awareness of the vital work of hospices across the country alongside Together 4 Short Lives that supports all the professionals, children’s palliative care services and children’s hospices that deliver lifeline care to children and families. We hope Hospice Care Week is an opportunity for charities and service providers to come together and we look forward to hearing from you this week and for many weeks to come.