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This week is national Hospice Care Week; an annual campaign raising awareness about the work of hospices and what hospice care is all about.   The theme of this year’s Hospice Care Week aims to dispel a number of myths often associated with hospices like St Catherine’s, and to educate people about what hospices are […]

This week is national Hospice Care Week; an annual campaign raising awareness about the work of hospices and what hospice care is all about.

 
Picture by Chris Bull for St Catherine's Hospice    31/3/16The theme of this year’s Hospice Care Week aims to dispel a number of myths often associated with hospices like St Catherine’s, and to educate people about what hospices are really like, including:

  • It is not only for the elderly – St Catherine’s cares for people aged 18 and over, and our lymphoedema service treats children as well as adults, providing the only paediatric lymphoedema service in the North West.
  • It does not only care for those with cancer – the charity also cares for people with other life-shortening conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, heart failure, MS, and Parkinson’s disease.
  • It is funded by charitable efforts and not just the NHS – St Catherine’s receives around 26 per cent of its annual £5m running costs from the NHS , meaning we rely on our wonderful supporters to helps us raise an incredible £3.7m each and every year.
  • Hospice care is not just based around a building -our Clinical Nurse Specialists visit people in their own homes and out in the community such as nursing homes to offer the specialised care of St Catherine’s, focusing on symptom management and emotional support. Our Family Support Team also runs a volunteer-led befriending service in people’s own homes.
  • Hospices don’t just care for people in their final days – St Catherine’s supports more than 200 people at any one time in the inpatient unit and in their own homes, as well as through outpatient clinics such as lymphoedema and Day Therapy. Patients attend Day Therapy for a wide range of medical, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy treatments, as well as complementary therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy massages.

 

St Catherine’s is a local charity which provides highly specialised palliative and end-of-life care for the people of South Ribble, Chorley, Longridge, and Preston. Picture by Chris Bull for St Catherine's Hospice    31/3/16

We are here to help people facing life-shortening illnesses to experience the best possible quality of life, to have comfort and dignity in death, to support families during bereavement and to create positive opportunities for remembrance.

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