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Hospice Care Week

01-Oct-2015 hospice care week

Hospice Care Week is an annual awareness-raising week to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. This year the theme is Connecting Care. Hospices will be highlighting the special role that hospices play in connecting individuals and families, connecting with local communities and connecting people with each other.

At St Mary’s we will be out and about in the community to help share what we do. Or why not call in to our Orangery café and see for yourselves the work we do?

So what do Hospices do?

Hospices provide high quality, personalised care for adults and children living with life-limiting illness, supporting them to live life as fully as possible.

Hospices support dying people and their families, so that they can spend their final moments in dignity and peace.

Hospice care brings together a diverse range of professionals and volunteers to work side-by-side to support dying people and their families when they need it most.

Hospices reach out to people in their local communities in a variety of ways including: community outreach programmes, befriending schemes to reduce loneliness, school projects to raise awareness about hospice care and bereavement support.

Hospice care creates links between a wide cross-section of people in their local communities – from nurses to gardeners – helping connect people from very different fields and backgrounds.

Hospice care connects hospice staff with a range of professionals in other organisations including hospitals and care homes, many of which have partnerships with hospices to improve end of life care.

Did you know that:

One in three people will be touched by hospice care at some point in their lives?

Every year hospices support around 360,000 people each year – 120,000 patients and 240,000 family members.

More than 125,000 people give up their free time to volunteer in hospices each year.

210 people give their time to support St Mary’s Hospice as volunteers

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