We’re bring­ing care to those who need it

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

EAST Cheshire Hos­pice is join­ing forces with na­tional char­ity Hos­pice UK and other hos­pices across the coun­try to sup­port a new cam­paign aimed at widen­ing ac­cess to end-of-life care.

Hos­pices pro­vide wide-rang­ing sup­port for the ter­mi­nally-ill, in­clud­ing med­i­cal care, spir­i­tual and emo­tional sup­port and com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies to pro­mote well­be­ing.

Hos­pices also pro­vide their fam­i­lies with prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port, such as be­reave­ment coun­selling.

Hos­pice UK and hos­pices are work­ing in a num­ber of ways to in­crease ac­cess to hos­pice care.

For East Cheshire Hos­pice this will in­clude a new Hos­pice@Home ser­vice to be launched later this year, al­low­ing pa­tients ac­cess to spe­cial­ist hos­pice care within their own homes.

Karyn John­ston, di­rec­tor of in­come gen­er­a­tion at East Cheshire Hos­pice, said: “We’re de­lighted to help launch the Open Up Hos­pice Care Cam­paign. Ev­ery day we see the pos­i­tive im­pact that hos­pice care has on peo­ple and their fam­i­lies, and we hope to be able to reach even more peo­ple soon through our Hos­pice @Home ser­vice.

“We want to en­sure that ev­ery­one has ac­cess to hos­pice care when they need it and if we can raise more money we could pro­vide more care.”

East Cheshire Hos­pice is also mount­ing a so­cial me­dia cam­paign, rais­ing aware­ness that ser­vices such as coun­selling and com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies are avail­able for car­ers, as well as pa­tients.

Tracey Bleak­ley, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hos­pice UK, said: “Chances are you know some­one who needs hos­pice care.

“Sadly, many fam­i­lies of peo­ple with ter­mi­nal and life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions are miss­ing out on the vi­tal care they need for their loved ones, as well as the emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port avail­able to help them cope.

“Hos­pices of­fer com­pas­sion­ate care which can play a vi­tal role in eas­ing suf­fer­ing, pro­vid­ing com­fort and re­liev­ing con­sid­er­able pres­sures faced by fam­i­lies.

“Hos­pices are com­mit­ted to ex­tend­ing the reach of their ser­vices but this work needs to be part of a wider ef­fort in­volv­ing all health­care providers if we’re to en­sure ev­ery­one gets the ex­pert care they need at end-of-life.”

To sup­port the Hos­pice @Home fundrais­ing ap­peal, visit www. eastcheshire­hos­pice.org.

Karyn John­ston, di­rec­tor of in­come gen­er­a­tion

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