It’s Hospice Care Week and this year we would like to reflect on what has been a challenging 6 months and share with you what it’s taken for our Hospice teams to continue supporting our patients and those who matter most to them in our local community during the global Pandemic.
Despite our income being significantly impacted due to the lockdown restrictions, we continue to support patients, family members, bereaved relatives, NHS and local care home colleagues.
This Hospice Care week we will celebrate the work that has gone on over the last 12 months and demonstrate ‘this is what it takes’ to keep our services running during a global pandemic!
It is also a chance to highlight the difference Hospice Care makes to local people’s lives and to thank everyone involved in making it possible.
This is what it takes:
- Last year we supported 758 patients which is up by 9.5% on the previous year.
- It cost £1.8million pounds to provide our services last year, which is £5050 per day!
- In the last six months since the start of the pandemic our clinical teams have made 6,263 phone calls, visits and zoom calls to our patients and those who matter most to them, making sure they have the support they need during these worrying and stressful times. We have had to adapt our services to keep everyone safe, but we have not stopped being there when our services are needed the most.
- Our Hospice at Home team have provided over 3,189 hours of overnight and day respite support in the last six months, to allow carers to have a much needed break.
- Since April 2020 our Family Support team have helped and enabled patients, carer’s and bereaved relatives claim over £974,028 in eligible benefits, at a time when people need financial support now more than ever.
- Despite some of our staff working from home, our Hospice Admin Team have continued to work in the office providing vital back up support for our clinical teams. On average each week they answer over 320 phone calls from patients, carers and professionals.
- Since April our Complementary therapist has had to adapt and change the way he delivered his treatments, initially all contact was over the phone. Despite this 120 sessions of talking therapies were delivered. Supporting patients to not only deal with their anxieties and fears linked to their existing diagnosis and prognosis, but also their anxieties around shielding and self-isolating due to COVID-19.
Hospice care is free, but it’s not cheap. It’s important and demanding; and most of all, it’s very special. Join us this October and play your part in showing what it takes to give the people of Blaenau Gwent the care they need and deserve.
There are lots of ways you can support Hospice of the Valleys during Hospice Care week:
- Do some fundraising! Stuck for ideas then visit www.hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/get-involved/
- Donate your unwanted items to one of our charity shops
- Become a volunteer
- Make a donation HERE
- Have a collection tin in your work place
- Or simply just like and share our posts on social media. You can follow us on Facebook @HOTVFundraisingDept, Twitter @HOTVFundraising and Instagram @hospiceofthevalleys
Every penny you raise supports the local people of Blaenau Gwent who are living with a life limiting illness so please get involved and do what you can this Hospice Care Week. We need your support now more than ever.
If you would like further information about supporting Hospice of the Valleys during Hospice Care Week please get in touch:
Call: 01495 717277 or e mail: Fundraising@hospiceofthevalleys.com