30th October 2014

Patients Supported to Stay at Home

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.”