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Rowcroft Hospice to take part in national Hospice Care Week

02 October 2014

Rowcroft Hospice is joining forces with more than 100 hospices across the UK as part of a nationwide awareness-raising week known as Hospice Care Week.

The week, which is being organised by national charity Help the Hospices and taking place from 6 – 12 October 2014, aims to raise awareness of the services provided by hospices throughout their local communities across the UK.

Rowcroft’s staff and volunteers currently provide ongoing support to more than 1800 patients across South Devon, as well as hundreds of patients’ families and friends who individually access the hospice’s services, every year.

Jo Pope, Rowcroft’s Community Team Manager, explained: “When someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness they may lose control of aspects of their life so Rowcroft’s role, alongside our health and social care colleagues, is to enable them as much control over their lives as possible.

“Us travelling to a patient’s home means they can save the energy they would have expended travelling to an appointment. Our job is about empowering the patient, helping them to feel in control at one of the most difficult times of their life.”

The hospice’s Community Team provides services including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Complementary Therapy, Art Therapy and Music Therapy, and also supports patients and their families through Social Workers, Clinical Nurse Specialists, a Specialist Palliative Care Consultant and Bereavement and Administration Teams.

Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home service also provides complex care for patients in their homes at the end of life, as well as supporting carers and patients’ loved ones.

Hospice at Home Manager, Sarah Morris, said: “Our Hospice at Home nursing team enables family carers to continue their role by offering advice and providing respite. The service helps patients to stay in their preferred place of care, preventing unwanted hospital admissions and supporting discharge from hospital in the last days of life.”

As part of the campaign, Rowcroft is hosting a series of interviews with patients and staff members on its website for the duration of Hospice Care Week.

Antonia Bunnin, Director of Hospice Support and Development at national hospice charity Help the Hospices, said: “We hope that Hospice Care Week will raise awareness about the diversity of hospice care on offer and how this meets the needs and preferences of terminally ill people and their families in many different ways.”

For more information on Rowcroft’s Community Services, and Hospice Care Week campaign, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/not-what-you-expect.

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