Care isn’t nine to five says char­ity

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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.”


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