Legacy helps to provide home care service
Tuesday 12th September 2017 13:13 News Posted by Adam Higgins

A lovingly given legacy has provided 10,500 hours of care and support to some people who need it most.

Money given to High Peak’s Blythe House Hospice has paid for its Hospice at Home Service which was launched in April last year.

It has made a phenomenal difference for people in the High Peak who are dying and wish to stay in their own homes.

The support this service offers enables it to be a realistic possibility for individuals and their relatives and ensures that they will be safe and cared for in their own environment.

A spokesman said: “At one year and four months into a two year pilot study, the team have already provided over 10,500 hours of care to the people and families who need it the most.

“For patients in the High Peak, travelling infrastructure and distance to hospitals and hospice inpatient units is often considerable, taking patients away from their friends and relatives.

“This often adds stress and worry to an already difficult time. The service has transformed end of life care in the High Peak and allowed patients the freedom to choose how they wish to spend the last days of their lives.”

After using the Hospice at Home Service, when her mother was ill, Donna Bailey from New Mills said the help to her was “invaluable”.

She told the Chronicle: “Having spent many years throughout her life in hospitals, it was my mum’s wish to be able to die at home with her family. The service enabled her to do this, surrounded by those who loved her.”

The Hospice at Home service is available to any patient registered with a GP in High Peak, which includes Glossop and also to patients already accessing Blythe House Hospice services.

If you require more information, call Ruth Brown and the Hospice at Home team on 01298 813007 or 01298 813007.

It now costs £926,000 every year to keep Blythe House services running – that’s £2,537 per day.

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of local people, the care and support Blythe House provides remains completely free of charge.

 

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There to help: The Hospice at Home Team, including Ruth Brown, Hospice at Home Manager, and Sam Hanley, Hospice at Home co-ordinator (both centre)

 

By David Jones