Rowcroft Hospice - Not What You Expect
Rowcroft provides an extensive number of services for patients and their loved ones beyond the grounds of our Inpatient Unit in Torquay; offering physical, psychological, social and spiritual support throughout the South Devon community.
Last year our Community Team supported 1145 patients and 300 of their family and friends with services including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Art and Music Therapy, Complementary Therapies and a Bereavement Service. Support was also provided by our Clinical Nurse Specialists, Social Workers and Specialist Palliative Care Consultant.
Meanwhile, our Hospice at Home nurses cared for 377 patients in their own homes, allowing them to receive end of life care closer to the people and places that matter to them.
To find out more about the range of services we provide throughout South Devon, we invite you to watch the following interviews with patients and staff members.
Beryl was referred to Rowcroft by her Doctor because she suffers from a disease that causes a blockage of blood supply to her legs. She visits the hospice regularly for Reflexology and Art Therapy sessions, and also receives support from an Occupational Therapist and Clinical Nurse Specialist, who regularly visit her and her husband Derek at home. Beryl says, "Oh I can’t thank Rowcroft enough, they’ve been fair grand!"
Recently-retired Mike has Prostate Cancer, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (disease of the lungs) and is an Insulin Dependent Diabetic. Since being referred to Rowcroft he has received a number of Complementary Therapies at home, and is regularly visited by one of the hospice’s Social Workers, Lynne. When he and Social Worker Lynne get together they talk about everything from gardening, to coping with his illness and making model ships.
June’s husband Roy died at the Hospice in November 2013. While he was receiving care from a Rowcroft Nurse, June was offered Reflexology by a Rowcroft Complementary Therapist. She visited the hospice for an hour a week for her treatment and her husband Roy received the same service at the couple’s home.
As Rowcroft’s Music Therapist, David visits people on the Inpatient Unit, invites them to his Music Room at the hospice, or visits patients and their loved ones in their own homes, wherever that may be across South Devon. He describes music as being full of colour. “It’s a sensory experience that can be interesting and exciting, it can offer uplifting relief as well as a chance to gain a different perspective on what might be happening in someone's life,” he says.
Based in Dartmouth, Rowcroft Clinical Nurse Specialist Andie works with GP practices and District Nurses across the town, as well as Dartmouth Caring, to support patients and their families in their own homes towards the end of life. She says she feels very privileged to work in such a special place, with such wonderful people.
Donating just £5 per month for one year will enable Rowcroft to provide three hours of one-on-one specialised nursing to someone in your community living with a life-limiting illness. To set up a regular gift, visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/regular-giving; we may not be able to add days to lives, but with your help, we can add life to days.