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We’re a 50 Sun Grant Winner

Earlier this year before Coronavirus became a household name all over the world Jemma Price, a Healthcare Assistant here at Hospice of the Valleys recognised the growing demand for our CARIAD dementia service (a joint project with the Alzheimer’s Society) and saw first hand the impact that technology could have on people living with a…

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We have a Local Hospice Lottery winner!!!

We are delighted to announce that one of our amazing Local Hospice Lottery players won the £2,000 jackpot prize on Friday 10th July 2020. “It was tremendous to receive the call from Local Hospice Lottery on Friday afternoon.  It’s been such a difficult time for us during lockdown as due to my wife’s illness she…

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Using Technology to Support Carers and our Dementia Patients in These Challenging Times

It became apparent early in the crisis that carers of those living with dementia were going to have a challenging journey ahead.  Normal routines disrupted, day centres closed and face to face support not being available would all likely lead to crisis for our families.  So as a team we sat down and thought how…

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The True Value of Volunteers

Working at Hospice of the Valleys I have realised the true value of volunteers. Within the CARIAD Service our volunteers are a vital and integrated part of our team.  Before the Covid-19 pandemic every week we would have volunteers support our activity group; supporting people with their goals, identifying issues and passing them to the…

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Hospice at Home during COVID 19

  Facing a life-limiting illness is frightening for both patients and families and sometimes this fear can be more frightening at night.  The day time is also difficult for carers when they are providing 24hr care whilst being sleep deprived.  This is all the more heightened during this pandemic. Our Hospice at Home Team are…

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So much has changed, yet it still feels like early days

The whole essence of my role as a Palliative Care Social Worker, the contact with individuals and their families, with bereaved relatives and other services has been essentially about the face-to-face interaction and rapport that develops.  For now, that has gone.  Telephone support with the offer of things like Zoom and Skype, has replaced what…

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In a time of crisis we colour and dance!

The demands for the services provided by Hospice of the Valleys have not gone away during the current pandemic. Patients and carers still need support and for those feeling even more isolated the needs are even greater now. We are fortunate to have a flexible and adaptable team who are working to see how we…

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Virtual Therapy

Working from home can present many challenges, this is especially difficult when your job involves providing Complimentary Therapy to our Hospice patients, however, at Mat explains he has been able to overcome this with some creative thinking……. My first week working as a complementary therapist ‘remotely’ I must admit, I wasn’t sure how things were…

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