Margaret Chadd House’s Inpatient Unit will have ten single rooms all with their own garden, en-suite facilities and adequate room for loved ones to stay close and for treatment to be provided in their own privacy. There will be a visitor’s room where families from away can also stay.
The inpatient unit will have all the facilities required of a specialist palliative care hospice. It will enable patients and their families to be cared for with love, dignity and peace in the end stages of their lives and also in times when respite care is needed. A specialist palliative care consultant will lead a multi-disciplinary team to ensure first class care for all our patients, whether their need is for a long or short stay, respite or end-of-life care.
We believe in a holistic approach and environment for patients, families, extended families and carers to meet all needs and requirements at the end of their life.
Margaret Chadd House’s Day Care Unit will have space for 10-15 patients daily to attend for therapies, relaxation, hairdressing, bathing and for consultation with the specialist palliative care consultant and other specialist services. Having access to these facilities during the day will allow patients’ family carers to have valuable time to themselves, knowing their loved one is being looked after.
The assessment of each patient and their carer/family is the key to day care success. Initial assessment will be carried out by the multi-disciplinary team to ensure individual care planning is pertinent for each patient’s benefit. Transport to and from the unit will also be assessed and arranged if necessary.
The very small things concerning a patient’s well-being can be the most distressing for the patient and their family. Care and consideration of these simple things and creating care programmes in the day unit will make the patient feel so much better.
We anticipate the unit being opened five days a week initially but Saturday drop-in sessions for a chat/refreshment could be made available so that carers can go to a wedding at the weekend, for example.
The specialist palliative care consultant will see every patient and any change in treatment will be communicated to GP’s and district nurses. Good communication is a key element in patient care.
Complementary therapies have long been found to be of great benefit to those at the end of life. Providing relaxation and pain relief, they allow the patient to ‘just be’ for a while. It is our intent to provide a wide range of complementary therapies in both our inpatient and outpatient units to enable patients to have the best death that they can.
Bereavement can occur prior to a death during terminal illness as well as after death, and the degrees of bereavement are individual and not time-specific. Support groups and individual bereavement care will be available to carers/families on a short- or long-term basis.
Having a good death is vital, not only for the patient but also for the family. Caring support will be available to patients and their families from the time the patient is referred to the hospice and for a period after death.