21st June 2024

How Hospice at Home care makes a difference

Carole stands behind an armchair in which her husband, Larry is sitting. Senior Healthcare Assistant, June, sits on a chair beside Larry. June is wearing a blue uniform. Everyone is smiling.

“As soon as they come through the door he starts to smile,” says Carole Robins, whose husband, Larry Robins, is supported by our Hospice at Home Team.

“He loves it and I just know that he is in safe hands so I can relax for three hours.”

Larry, a retired postman, has Parkinson’s and has been supported by St Richard’s Hospice since 2017 through our Living Well Services.

In 2023, following a stay in hospital, he began receiving Hospice at Home support after Carole contacted the St Richard’s team.

At first, Hospice at Home Healthcare Assistants would provide night-sits to allow Carole to sleep knowing Larry was cared for and safe.

Now, a member of the team regularly visits to support Larry for a few hours during the day – which means Carole can attend appointments, go shopping, and rest.

“They chat to him and although he can’t reply his face lights up when he sees them,” Carole explains.

“Hospice at Home support means I can do other things, I can go to appointments and know that he is safe.”

To find out more about Hospice at Home, and our Community Team, visit www.strichards.org.uk/our-care/in-your-community