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Be proud to ‘shake’ with St Richard’s

5th April 2017

Parkinson’s Awareness Week 10-18 April 2017

Ask anyone suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) their favourite song and the answer will probably be the unforgettable Elvis Presley song ‘Shake Rattle and Roll.’  If it’s sung in a crowd it is the ideal song for a good shake without anyone suspecting that you have the famous PD!  It is one of the few songs that enable you to crack a joke about your problem rather than trying to look and sound as if you are not in the least bit bothered about your condition.  Of course you are, but not chatting about the condition can only make matters worse.

Many of you reading this will understand that the word ‘chatting’ is a word that often gets confused with ‘questioning.’  ‘Chatting’ is when those who ‘chat’ do so because they want to engage with you on the issues associated with PD and how it affects your life. Whereas ‘questioning’ can be a series of questions designed to keep the conversation going rather than a shared interaction on what you are going through.  If you have experienced the latter then you will know that ‘questioning’ is both exhausting and sometimes irrelevant because one-way ‘questioning’ can fail to highlight matters relevant to you.

This is where St Richard’s Hospice comes into its own.  Its many volunteers learn to quickly interact with PD sufferers by encouraging attendance to a series of day visits to the hospice that focus on helping you to cope with the daily challenges of life.  From receiving a warm welcome when you arrive, followed by tea and a chat – the ‘club member’, as I like to call us, can undertake activities at their own pace including, relaxation exercises and a range of well-being approaches that enable them to feel alive again.  Most important of all, you start to smile again as the activities enable you to interact with club members, volunteers and specialist staff and together we are a formidable team.

Often we see the door of our hospice opening only inwards, but in fact our hospice has revolving doors so that those who need to stay can and those who have been strengthened through their day visits can return home thankful in the knowledge that through ‘chatting plus’ miracles can happen.

Ray Mace, living with Parkinson’s

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.