Christ­mas at home is a gift

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WITH the fes­tive sea­son now upon us Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care is ask­ing peo­ple to support lo­cal fam­i­lies fac­ing dif­fi­cult times by donat­ing to their Christ­mas ap­peal and help­ing to fund their 24/7 re­spon­sive hospice at home ser­vice through­out Christ­mas and beyond.

For many, spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends is a key part of the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions but for those di­ag­nosed with can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­ness, this time is es­pe­cially pre­cious.

Ren­nie Grove’s Hospice at Home nurses will be work­ing as usual for the en­tire Christ­mas pe­riod car­ing for pa­tients in their own homes, mon­i­tor­ing and keep­ing their symp­toms un­der con­trol to help en­sure that they can avoid un­wanted hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions and spend Christ­mas at home sur­rounded by their friends and fam­i­lies.

It is of­ten at night, dur­ing week­ends and on spe­cial days like Christ­mas Day that pa­tients feel at their most vul­ner­a­ble, so know­ing that the Hospice at Home nurses are avail­able to con­tact for re­as­sur­ance and that they will visit to give care and support no mat­ter what time of day or night is hugely im­por­tant.

Some pa­tients re­quire con­stant symp­tom re­lief to keep them com­fort­able at home and Ren­nie Grove nurses are able to set up a piece of equip­ment called a sy­ringe driver in re­sponse to pa­tients’ chang­ing needs. A sy­ringe driver is bat­tery op­er­ated de­vice that pro­vides symp­tom re­lief to pa­tient by in­ject­ing med­i­ca­tions in mea­sured and con­stant doses over 24 hours. This en­ables nurses to give pa­tients the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life and the abil­ity for pa­tients to en­joy time with the fam­ily.

Sue Varvel, di­rec­tor of nurs­ing and clin­i­cal ser­vices, said: “If symp­tom lev­els es­ca­late and a pa­tient be­comes dis­tressed it can re­sult in an emer­gency hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion, how­ever this can of­ten be avoided. In many cases, a spe­cial­ist nurse can iden­tify ex­actly what is needed and make a dif­fer­ence be­tween some­one be­ing able to stay at home with their fam­i­lies or be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.”

Ren­nie Grove is ask­ing for Christ­mas gifts that will help make a real dif­fer­ence to pa­tients’ lives. A do­na­tion of £10 could fund 200 nee­dles for sy­ringes while £400 would cover the nurs­ing costs of one shift on Christ­mas Day.

Sue added: “Christ­mas is time for giv­ing and for shar­ing spe­cial times with fam­ily and friends but for those who do not have long left to live th­ese times are es­pe­cially pre­cious. Your do­na­tion will help give pa­tients and their fam­i­lies a price­less gift – time to­gether at Christ­mas.”

Donna Mor­ri­son, a pa­tient cur­rently be­ing cared for by the Hospice at Home nurses, said: “Hav­ing Christ­mas at home with my daugh­ter, Phoebe, means the world to both of us. We could not do it with­out the help and support of spe­cial­ist nurses.”

To make a do­na­tion visit www.ren­niegrove. org/christ­mas or call 01442 890 222. health and so­cial care sys­tems, al­low­ing them to ac­cess the ser­vices best suited for their sit­u­a­tion.”

The char­ity will be ap­point­ing two paid mem­bers of staff, a project man­ager and an ad­min­is­tra­tor, roles which will be ad­ver­tised on their web­site at www.ageuk.org.uk/ buck­ing­hamshire/.

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