A day at Treetops Hospice
Many of you will know that our Public Grants programme is available to people of all cancer types at any stage of their cancer journey. Newly diagnosed and long term diagnosed people can apply for a grant to help improve their quality of life and that of their family. This could be help with shopping bills, childcare assistance, complementary therapy and much more. We’re still a very young charity and as such it’s important for us to make ourselves heard, particularly with local cancer support services. So, we’ve been busy getting out and about recently visiting local health and social care services to raise our awareness.
Simon, our chair, spent a morning with members of the staff team over at Treetops Hospice in Risley. Treetops Hospice provides respite and palliative care for adults with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis. It also provides help and support to their carers and families. The Risley facility has a Day Care Unit for the public and a Bereavement Service for adults and children.
The Treetops Hospice at Risley doesn’t have any beds. It is more of a day service whereby people living with a terminal illness usually come to the centre once a week for respite care, a change of scenery and an opportunity to take part in a range of activities and therapies ranging from arts/crafts, aromatherapy, reflexology and much more.
It sits in beautiful grounds; 12 acres of lush green fields and tall trees surround the centre. Large windows let the lush Derbyshire light in filling the centre with a natural warm glow.
Lizzie Banks and Alison Hembrow took their time showing me round the centre asking and answering questions as we went along. Lizzie told me about the Hospice at Home service:
“This service has been developed for patients who wish to be cared for at home wherever possible. Our team of qualified nurses and health care assistants offer support day or night. Overnight stays give carers the chance to have a good night’s sleep, while a few hours during the day gives carers a break to go shopping or have time for themselves.
The Hospice at Home team are all trained and experienced in caring for people who have palliative care needs. All our care is delivered in accordance with the District Nursing care plan, and we work closely with the patient’s Primary Health Care team.
Hospice at Home is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. A nurse visit will last between 3 and 9 hours depending on your needs. Our standard night shift is 10pm – 7am, giving carers the much needed rest to support their loved ones during the day.
Our nurses offer both nursing and emotional support to patients and their families. We give families the opportunity to be as involved as they wish in caring for their loved one, whilst recognising and promoting both privacy and dignity at this very difficult time.”