Day therapy offers more to patients

Carers at Hospice, Barrowby Road. L\R; Vicky White, Karen Perry, Anorine Happy, Judy McLaughlin, Claire Childs, Rachel Jones. 890B
Carers at Hospice, Barrowby Road. L\R; Vicky White, Karen Perry, Anorine Happy, Judy McLaughlin, Claire Childs, Rachel Jones. 890B

THE day therapy team at Grantham Hospice is working hard to give people with life limiting conditions an improved quality of life.

The new service, which replaced day care in September, has been enhanced to fit the needs of individuals who are using it, and their carers.

Day therapy team leader Rachel Jones said: “We are available right from the time patients are told there is no longer a cure. We give information to people and their carers to take them through their journey towards the end of life.

“We offer them palliative care and rehabilitation to help them deal with the disease.”

The services are now offered on a more individual basis and the hospice is working with other health professionals like Macmillan Nurses and neurological specialists to deliver a full care package to the patient.

Rachel said: “We’ve got a wider range of interventions than before.”

There are now services in welfare, bereavement, family support, and health and rehabilitation as well as access to nurses, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and doctors being available to the patients in one place.

Rachel said volunteers are also very important offering services such as complimentary therapies.

She added: “We seemed to be getting much younger patients and they didn’t want day care. We have made the service more acceptable to them and we work with people rather than do things to them.”

The day therapy service, which patients can refer themselves to, also gives people more control over the care they want to receive whether it be in one-to-one sessions or group work.

Rachel said: “We’ve had a very, very positive response. The numbers using the service are growing.”

Nurse Judy McLaughlin added: “This is a service that they are no longer having to wait for.

“We can get appointments for them quite quickly and give them hope really.

“We have no maximum capacity, people can just drop in. Even if we can’t help we can signpost them to people that can.”

To get more information about the service at Grantham, which runs from 8.30am until 4.30pm call 01476 513545 or go to the hospice in Barrowby Road.