High­light­ing all the ser­vices hos­pices of­fer

Most care is pro­vided in own home

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BUCKS hospice will join forces with more than 100 oth­ers across the UK to raise aware­ness of their ser­vices.

This week is Hospice Care Week, which high­lights what it is they do, as well as the care they of­fer to peo­ple at home.

The majority of hospice care in the UK is now de­liv­ered out­side of hos­pices and in pa­tients’ homes.

Ren­nie Grove and its found­ing char­i­ties Iain Ren­nie Hospice at Home and Grove House have been de­liv­er­ing hospice care at home and other com­mu­nity set­tings for almost 30 years, and last year cared for more than 3,000 pa­tients and fam­i­lies in Bucks and Herts.

Iain Ren­nie Hospice at Home was one of the first or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide end of life care for pa­tients in their own homes, and what started as one man, Iain Ren­nie, who wanted to stay at home with his fam­ily, is now six teams of spe­cial­ist care nurses de­liv­er­ing hospice at home care 24 hours a day.

Ren­nie Grove di­rec­tor of nurs­ing and clin­i­cal ser­vices Sue Varvel said: “At Ren­nie Grove we don’t have a build­ing with beds for our pa­tients so our ser­vices are all de­liv­ered ei­ther in pa­tients’ homes or at Grove House in St Al­bans.

“We as­sess our pa­tients’ needs in­di­vid­u­ally and work with them to de­velop a pro­gramme of care that gives them choice in how and where they re­ceive their care.”

Peo­ple are in­vited to follow the de­bate and find out more about hospice care by us­ing #Hos­pice­Care­Week on Twit­ter, or search­ing Hospice Care Ev­ery­where on Face­book.

Go to www.ren­niegrove. org to find out more about Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care.

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Photo by Rob Bourne www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410753

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