Join­ing forces to pro­vide bet­ter care

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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.

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