Claire House provides respite, palliative and end of life care for children and young adults. The Trust’s donation was to support their physiotherapy programme. Typically, 60% of the children and young people cared for by the hospice use the service, with significant benefit for quality of life.
Saint Michael’s Hospice and Herriot Hospice Care merged in early 2019 after several years of collaboration in order to share resources and develop services across their area. The grant from the Trust was to support their specialist neurological community nurse within their community outreach team. The nurse has been in place since 2011 and the remit includes motor neurone disease and support for patients with terminal neurological conditions; allowing them to retain a level of comfort, normality and choice.
The donation from the Trust supported the running of the hospice’s dementia service, which includes two specialist dementia nurses, a healthcare assistant and a network of trained volunteers. Last year the service supported 505 people with dementia, representing approximately one-third of the patients cared for by its Community Team and a 70% increase on the previous year.
The grant from the Trust supported the hospice’s music therapy sessions within its inpatient and outpatient and wellbeing service. The initiative is offered in partnership with the music charity Nordiff Robbins. Feedback from participants has been very positive and indicates the benefits of the sessions for well-being, peer-support and reducing isolation.
Established in 1997 by a small group of healthcare staff. From an initial group of 4 patients, it has now grown to a hospice at home service for 250 people in Hampshire. The donation from the Trust was towards its core running costs.
The hospice provides care for more than 2,000 people each year, with more than 70% of this care now being provided by the community nursing team. The donation from the Trust was to support the core running costs of this team. Through work with GPs and other professionals, the team’s model has helped to minimise unplanned hospital admissions.
The grant from the Trust was to support the purchase a specialist “cuddle bed” for each of this large adult hospice’s sites. These are larger than normal hospital beds and have a number of adaptations which allow patients to have their loved ones lie down or sleep next to them.
The donation from the Trust was towards the creation of a new wheelchair friendly path to the hospice’s garden. The hospice is situated on a hill, and the poor condition of the current paths means that patients and families who do not have full mobility cannot access the garden for most of the year. The hospice wishes to rectify this by building a path that will make the gardens accessible for all.
In recent years the hospice has experienced an increase in the number of larger patients, for whom a standard bed can be problematic. The grant from the Trust allowed the hospice to purchase a specialist bariatric bed for its inpatient unit. This specialist bed will provide greater comfort and reassurance for those patients and assist staff.
The building housing one of the hospice’s in-patient units has been in use for 15 years and is now in need of updating to meet the changing need of patients and their families. The grant from the Trust went towards the refurbishment of this in-patient unit, specifically 50% of the costs of a fixed oxygen system.
St Andrew’s Hospice has established a hair salon for patients to complement the wellbeing service available within the hospice for children and adults. The salon has been a huge success and provides services to paying clients and patients. The service provides a beautiful sense of real life and normality at a time when uncertainty and fear can be overwhelming. The income from paying clients subsidises a trip to the salon for patients at the hospice. The grant from the Trust has enabled the Hospice to open up more appointments to patients at the hospice, free of charge.
The Jessie May Hospice provides Hospice at Home care to families with terminally ill children in Bristol. The Trust’s donation contributed towards additional capacity during teatime respite between 4 to 7pm for nurses to go into the family home and care for the child, giving parents and siblings valuable time to be together, engage with the wider community and help reduce feelings of isolation. Currently 140 children benefit from this service and the grant from the Trust will allow the hospice to offer even more families the opportunity to have the support they need to spend quality time together over tea.
The Keech Hospice operates both child and adult in-patient units. As part of their provision for adults they have a purpose-built in-patient unit offering 8 single rooms with the environment designed to be as relaxing as possible. In 2017-2018 they provided individual care for 138 adults. The grant from the Trust will enable them to continue to provide this care for 2019.
Saint Francis Hospice provides care to patients and their families and carers and continues throughout a patient’s journey into bereavement support. The grant from the Trust provided support towards the costs of their Allied Health Professional team. The service is tailored to the individual and allows the patient to maintain “normal” activities as long as possible and live life as fully as they can. Over 1,000 people have benefited from a form of therapy in the last year.
The grant from the Trust has allowed the hospice to purchase two new bespoke alarmed beds to meet the needs of a growing number of patients with neurological conditions and those in the final stages of their life where they are at high risk of injury from falls.
St Elizabeth’s Hospice provides care to over 2,500 terminally ill people and their families every year. The grant from the Trust allowed the hospice to enhance their existing sensory room to meet the growing number of young adults being cared for by the hospice. The Hospice has found that it needs to adapt its adult care model to suit patients who are young adults and therefore are too old for a children’s hospice but still in need of care and support. The existing room has exhausted the benefits it can reap, and additional sensory equipment provided by the grant will enable continuity of care and aid the transition between the two provisions.
Patients with complex and severe symptoms are admitted to their in-patient unit for 24/7 care. The funding from the Trust will support the hospice in renovating the in-patient unit, converting three bays of beds into nine bedrooms to increase the privacy and dignity each patient and their families experience.
LOROS Hospice provides end of life care for 2,500 patients aged 18 and over each year. In order to be able to provide care in the very best environment for their patients LOROS plans to be able to refurbish eight patient bedrooms with new furniture and a high standard of decoration to enable the rooms to feel like a home-from-home. The grant from the Trust will support the hospice in this project.