There are more than 200 hospices across the UK that work with and within local communities to support individuals and families with end of life care.

With the world dealing with the effects of COVID-19, expert end of life care is more important than ever.

We know that it takes 40,000 dedicated staff, 125,000 volunteers, 29,000 facemasks used each day, 1.1 million home visits, 2,500 shop windows, £1.4 billion per year and much more to provide end of life care for all.

Hospice Care Week is a chance to recognise and celebrate this.

Read more below to see 'what it takes' to provide our care at Beaumond House...

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What it takes...

IN-PATIENT CARE

Words from one of our patients...

Being a patient at Beaumond House Hospice is like having a big family who love and care for you.

That’s according to a retired lorry driver from Newark who has just spent a week in the hospice for additional care following an infection related to his condition.

The 75-year-old has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The condition causes shortness of breath and as it progresses life becomes increasingly difficult.

He said he had first heard of Beaumond House when he was offered a place in day therapy.

“I didn’t know what to expect but it was great comfort to have company and talk to people from all walks of life,” he said.

Because of his day therapy experience he was more than happy when the hospice team suggested he would benefit from time as in-patient.

“A lot of people have the impression that coming to the hospice is end of life,” he said.

“But for people like me it is about having the chance to rest and recuperate.”

His condition means that he often struggles during the night and so it was particularly reassuring to know someone was always on hand to help.

“When you are gasping for breath it is a Godsend to know there is someone to help at the touch of a button,” he said.

While he was at the hospice the team assessed him and helped with his medication. He benefitted from the home cooking and plenty of rest and as result by the end of the week was ready to return home.

“The staff here are out of this world. They are always smiling and helpful and can’t do enough for you,” he said.

“I don’t know where we’d be without Beaumond House.”

What it takes...

HOSPICE AT HOME

What it takes...

CARE ADMIN

I’m Sally and I am Care Services Administrator for Beaumond House. 

My role is to ensure the smooth running administratively for our patients, from the moment I take the referral and for the entirety the patient is under our care, this involves, managing the waiting lists and liaising with other healthcare professionals to ensure the best possible care is provided as efficiently as possible even down to the equipment we use. 

 

I produce the monthly statistics reports for the hospice and assist with the day to day IT. 

I am also responsible for ensuring our patients records are stored securely and that data protection is adhered to. 

Processes are key within the hospice and by liaising with the care teams I help to ensure these are in place and maintained, especially at present as these can change frequently. 

The hospice approach is transferred into the community to support people in their own homes.

During the last year, we have seen our day patients being supported at home in different ways, as well as the hospice at home service caring for patients as they need more nursing and support as their condition progresses.

Our team of nurses, health care assistants and volunteers have all contributed to this support and during the last have travelled 18,403 miles to make this happen.

What it takes...

SAFE CARE

During the Coronavirus pandemic it has been more important than ever to protect our staff, visitors and of course our patients.

Along with generous donations of visors and masks from members of the public, weekly supplies of vital personal protective equipment (PPE) from Hospice UK has enabled the team to continue caring working safely.

The whole team including our nurses, health care assistants, housekeepers and catering team have worn full PPE including masks, visors, aprons and gloves during some of the hottest days of the year, committed to keeping our patients-and each other-safe.

 

There are many other ways the hospice is keeping safe.

In addition to our usual Infection control procedures which include regular handwashing and regular thorough cleaning schedules, we have introduced extra measures such as monitoring the temperature of anybody who comes through the door, and checking that any body visiting the hospice does not have symptoms of Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, part of keeping safe has meant that our visitors have been restricted. Thankfully, we are now able to slowly

re-introduce visiting to the hospice in a controlled way that ensures our patients and staff are not exposed to any unnecessary risks.

 

Beaumond House continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus pandemic and introduce extra precautions accordingly, always with the safety and well being of our patients at the centre.

 

What it takes...

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT 

Our care continues…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the death of a loved one, either in the hospice or the patients’ own home, we continue our support for the families involved.

 

At Beaumond House, we appreciate the challenges those who have been bereaved may be facing following the loss of a loved one.

In the same way as we cared for the patient, we care for those who are bereaved in offering support at a time of loss and grief.

Due to the restrictions around Covid 19, we currently offer telephone bereavement support and in time there is the opportunity for remembrance and thanksgiving.

 

What it takes...

YOU, OUR COMMUNITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes a whole community to keep a hospice like Beaumond House running. 

 

The donations of cash and items to sell in our shops are of course so valuable but so are the many many offers of support we receive throughout the year and without which we could not continue to offer our services. 

 

This coupled with the huge amount of time and skills from a dedicated team of volunteers who drive, cook, support fundraising, front our shops, garden, listen and chat mean we can keep our costs down wherever possible.  We already knew that this local community holds Beaumond House very dearly in its heart but this year has taken this to an even higher level.

 

We have received donations of food, scrubs, masks and other PPE as well as cleaning and sanitising products, beauty products to give our care team a boost, flowers, plants and even a remote e.doorbell to enable the care team to efficiently manage door answering. 

 

The list of contributions from our community is incredible and we will be forever grateful for every one of them, it adds up to mean that  we can continue to give our support our love, care, support and dedication to everyone who needs it, free of charge.

What it takes...

During this week of promoting hospice care we have explored What It Takes to provide the overall care for the patients and their families.

When people think of the hospice they probably visualise nurses and carers but we need fantastic support from all departments to make the care what it is.

Our catering team offer food and drink tailored to each person. Housekeeping have the never ending job of keeping our cleanliness tip top.

The admin support is essential in ensuring the smooth running of process, referrals and record management.

Bereavement support demonstrates how we continue our care following a bereavement and that the love, care and attention people deserve, remains.

 

Promoting hospice care week can also help dispel some of the views and myths associated with hospice.

The hospice has been described by patients as having a huge hug wrapped around you, making people feel safe and listened to.

We care for many people who come in for a short period of time and return home, as well as caring for people right at the end of their life.

 

When the team here think of hospice we think of warmth, team spirit, a place for the local community when they need us, laughter as well as sad times.

 

We are here when you need us.

Contact us:

Beaumond House Hospice Care,
32 London Road,

Newark,
Notts,

NG24 1TW

info@beaumondhouse.co.uk

01636 610 556

© Beaumond House Community Hospice,

trading as Beaumond House Hospice Care

Charity Number: 1025442

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