Hospice Care Week celebration at St Barnabas Hospice in Louth

20th September 2016

East Lindsey residents are invited to find out more about local hospice and join them for tea and cake

To celebrate Hospice Care Week 2016 St Barnabas Hospice are throwing open their doors to the residents of East Lindsey.

The awareness raising week is held from 3rd to 9th October and is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. Each year we hold a week of celebration and action, which helps to change people’s perceptions of hospice care.

St Barnabas, the principal provider of end-of-life care across the locality, are hosting an Open Evening on Tuesday 4th October, from 5pm – 7pm and a Coffee Morning on Thursday 6th October, from 10am – 11.30am at their base on Grimsby Road.

“Hospice Care Week is the perfect opportunity for us to invite our local community into our hospice,” said St Barnabas’ Nicky Ingall, who manages Louth Hospice. “There will be the opportunity to tour our beautiful building, get to know our hardworking team and take time to relax in our award winning garden.

“Many people may not realise the full extent of the services we are able to offer those living with both cancer and non-cancer conditions from our flagship site. Day therapy is offered three times a week with its therapeutic sessions growing in popularity month-on-month.”

St Barnabas also offers physiotherapy services, two days a week, in response to increasing demand to provide more palliative rehabilitation to patients.

Nicky said: “Many of the specialist services that hospices like St Barnabas now provide do not require a person to be an inpatient – there are so many other ways that we support people that are medically more appropriate and preferred by the patients themselves.

“Day therapy can help people with a range of issues which they may be having difficulty with, such as physical, emotional, social, spiritual and psychological problems. The aim of attending the range of day therapy activities is to help people manage their symptoms, help them gain more confidence at home by assessing their personal needs, and help improve the quality of their lives.”

The unit is the headquarters for St Barnabas’s local Hospice at Home team, which supports people with advanced illnesses to be cared for in the familiar surroundings of their home and to die there if that is their wish. The team supported over 700 people in this way over the last year.

St Barnabas also provides pre and post bereavement counselling through its Family Support Service, with a drop-in bereavement group meeting every Thursday afternoon at Louth Hospice.

Anyone aged 18 and above can refer themselves to any or all of the different services provided, without the need for a doctor’s letter.

For further information on how St Barnabas’ care services can be accessed in your area please call 01522 511566 or visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk

For information about how you can get involved in local fundraising events to raise the £4.5 million needed each year contact Amy Reeve on 07442504651 or email [email protected]

Alternatively join the team for the Open Evening or Coffee Morning at St Barnabas Hospice, Grimsby Road, Louth LN11 0SX

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