Joining forces to provide better care
Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as it wishes during its allocated week. Each week, this paper will showcase one of the 30 charities. The 13th charity being supported is Renni Grove Hospice Care which has the conference room on Thursday June 30
RENNIE Grove Hospice Care is a charity providing care and support for patients diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families.
Every year through its 24/7 Hospice at Home service, Family Support services and the range of Day Services at Grove House, Rennie Grove gives thousands of patients the choice to stay at home, surrounded by their families and friends.
A shared ethos
Enabling those they support to remain at home whilst receiving high quality, personalised care is a vision shared by Rennie Grove and Universal Care.
Rennie Grove’s Hospice at Home nurses make around 20,000 visits to patients in their own homes every year, offering hands-on and specialist care as well as support for all the family, aiming to eliminate the distress of unnecessary hospital admissions wherever possible.
30 Years of Care
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the two charities that came together to form Rennie Grove.
In January 1985, the precursor to Grove House – the Hospice Care Team – was officially launched in St Albans to provide care and support for families to help keep terminally ill patients at home.
In May 1985, a team of five nurses came together to care for Iain Rennie in Chesham Bois, enabling him to be cared for at home surrounded by his young family – and the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home service was born.
By joining forces, Rennie Grove was able to extend the charity’s unique model of 24/7 responsive care further into Hertfordshire, giving more people the choice to be cared for at home.
Today 69 per cent of Rennie Grove patients are able to spend their final days at home, compared with just 22 per cent nationally.
All services are provided at no cost to patients or their families, and it’s the generosity of the general public that funds 84 per cent of the charity’s £7.2 million annual running costs.
Joining forces to support others
During three decades of care, Universal Care has been a steadfast supporter, initially of Iain Rennie Hospice at Home and latterly of Rennie Grove Hospice Care, not just donating crucial funds but also gifts in kind – like the use of their conference room.
On June 30, the charity’s education team will be using the venue all day to deliver end-of-life care training to carers, and in the evening for an education event for GPs.
Evolving care to meet changing needs
Sadly, a significant rise in demand for Rennie Grove’s services is anticipated as the UK’s population is predicted to grow by 15 per cent over the next 30 years, with the number of people over 75 set to double during that time.
As treatments improve and patients live longer with life-limiting illness, Rennie Grove’s nurses are already caring for patients with multiple conditions and complex nursing needs.
Rennie Grove’s education events, like the one taking place at Universal Care in June, will be increasingly important – not just for Rennie Grove’s clinicians but also for the healthcare providers they work so closely alongside.
Read about Rennie Grove from the patient’s perspective at www. renniegove.org/patient stories and help safeguard the future of hospice care in the heart of your community at www.renniegrove.org/ donate.