Cast Your Vote for Blythe House Hospicecare & Helen’s Trust This November

Posted on 29 Oct 2021 by Amy Jackson
Blythe House Hospicecare & Helen’s Trust provide care and support to patients and families across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire who are affected by life-limiting illness or bereavement.

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Their 24/7 Hospice at Home service takes their specially trained Health care assistants into the homes of patients who are in their last 12 months of life. The service gives patients the option to fulfil their wish to remain in their own home at the end of their life; preventing hospital admission and keeping families together where they feel most comfortable and safe.

Through their Community Hub located in Chapel-en-le-Frith, the charity also provides nursing services, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, specialist clinics, carer and family support to anyone affected by cancer or a life-limiting illness. Due to the hospice covering a largely rural area, by providing clinical appointments with Dr Sarah Parnacott, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, they are able to give patients access to specialist care, and save them lengthy commutes to the nearest hospital or cancer centre.

Their Physio and Occupational Therapist offer 1:1 sessions at the hospice, or within the patients home depending on individual needs and requirements. Their aim is to ensure that patients can live the best life they can with their life-limiting illness.

Their specially trained nurses and Family Support Worker facilitate support groups for Breast and Prostate cancers, carers and group bereavement sessions. These sessions are a lifeline to many people, and give them an open forum in which to talk about their illness and gain insight into the experiences of other people in similar situations. This helps individuals know that they are not alone and they do have a safe space to discuss the impact of their illness on their family and friends, or gain support if they are a carer supporting a loved one through a life-limiting illness.

Blythe House Hospicecare & Helen’s Trust also offer a counselling/psychotherapy service for hospice patients and carers who are experiencing emotional distress as a result of their own life-limiting illness or the illness of someone significant to them. Following on from this they provide bereavement support for family members, friends and carers following the death of someone that received care from the hospice during their illness.

Local children and young people aged 4-18 years, who are struggling to come to terms with a bereavement are able to access counselling or play therapy sessions; either 1:1 or a in a group. This course of counselling will help them to have less physical and emotional distress and be more able to cope with changes in circumstances so they have greater self-esteem and well-being.

All services that Blythe House Hospicecare & Helen’s Trust provide to their communities are free of charge to those that need them. The charity only gets 13% funding from the government, and the rest must be raised through fundraising events, gifts in wills, community and corporate support. To find out more, follow through to their website.

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