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Patients Supported to Stay at Home

30th October 2014

People with life-threatening illnesses are able to stay independent and at home for as long as possible, thanks to the package of care offered by St Richard’s Hospice.

During Occupational Therapy Week 2014, 3-9 November, the hospice’s Occupational Therapists are highlighting the difference they make to the lives of patients and their loved ones, helping patients to stay at home.

The hospice’s two part-time Occupational Therapists work out practical solutions to help patients manage everyday tasks such as dressing, washing and cooking.

Patients attending the hospice’s Day Hospice or Out-patient clinics can speak to the Occupational Therapists about any challenges they are facing and together discuss possible solutions, which may involve approaching the activity in a different way, such as sitting down while getting dressed or washed, or by using devices that make the activity easier or help improve confidence.

Working with patients being cared for at the hospice’s In-patient Unit and their families, the Occupational Therapists are able to support those being discharged home with advice and special equipment to help them carry out day to day activities. Having Occupational Therapists based in the hospice means that patients who are well enough to return home, can do so as soon as possible.

Sue Stephens, Occupational Therapist at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “Many patients with life-threating illnesses tell us that tiredness, anxiety and breathlessness affects how they can manage everyday tasks or stops them taking part in their favourite pastimes. We can offer advice on relaxation and how to take things slowly. This can make a real difference to their daily lives, helping them be as independent as possible and means that they can continue to get enjoyment from their hobbies, despite the limitations they experience as a result of their illness.”

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.