Care isn’t nine to five says charity
A CAMPAIGN launched by Sue Ryder is highlighting a gap in care and support for people who are dying at home and the loved ones who care for them.
Called Dying doesn’t work 9 to 5, the campaign aims to draw attention to the fact that only eight per cent of clinical commissioning groups in England provide 24-hour expert support and that in many areas of the country dying people and their families are left isolated, facing nights at home with nowhere to turn.
The charitable sector does go some way towards plugging this gap with organisations like Rennie Grove Hospice Care leading the way.
Offering a unique 24/7 responsive hospice at home service, Rennie Grove provides patients in Herts and Bucks with specialist care and support whether it is day or night. Director of nursing and clinical services at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Sue Varvel said: “We know from working with those who are at the end of life and their carers that the most distressing times for everyone are those weekend or night-time hours when most of the usual support networks are not available.
“Our organisation has been a pioneer of hospice at home care for nearly 30 years and a large part of this has been offering care and support at night. We have always offered 24-hour support. Initially our nurses worked an on-call system and now our most advanced model of care sees nurses working a dedicated night shift and visiting patients in need, managing changes in their symptoms and offering support to carers.”