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Fran is the Housekeeping Supervisor at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe. She talks about how supportive her colleagues are, adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the varied jobs and extra projects she does to ensure the centre is a welcoming place for residents and their families.
Carol, Mark, Louise and Jacqui have all gone from volunteers to paid members of staff at our Sue Ryder Abbeydale shop. They discuss their reasons for joining Sue Ryder as volunteers and their personal journeys towards their current retail roles.
“We cannot praise the staff enough for the care shown, not only to Duncan, but to us, the relatives”
Duncan, 52, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his twenties and lived with his parents, until moving into Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court in January 2020. Weeks later, the country went into lockdown. Here, Duncan’s sister Catriona details how Sue Ryder staff provided much-needed reassurance.
“When my brother was at Wheatfields it made me realise what a lovely job palliative care is - to provide that reassurance for patients and families in their final weeks”
When Nicola was hospitalised with COVID-19 a few weeks after the death of her brother at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, it was life-changing. After recuperating at home, Nicola saw an advert for Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire and decided to fulfil a long-held ambition to work in palliative care.
Carers Week 2021: Providing person-centred neurological care that gives each resident choice and control
Sarah Jayne is a Senior Carer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court. She shares her story of supporting residents there, how she's been able to develop her skills as a carer and the rewards of helping people live the best life they possibly can.
Carers Week 2021: “Caring is in my blood. I’ve always had a very strong instinct to look after people and do what I can to make them feel better”
Sharon, Senior Carer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire, shares her experience of supporting residents, the team pulling together through the pandemic and how caring for others is something she feels she was born to do.
After supporting staff wellbeing as a volunteer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry, Stella is now a befriending volunteer there and runs a monthly peer-to-peer support group for parents of people affected by an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
“I just love the patient-centred care that we're able to offer. Where else would you get to make this kind of difference?”
Senior Nursing Assistant Melissa has worked in palliative and end-of-life care for eight years and has been part of the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court ‘Hospice at Home’ team for the last four. She talks about her experiences of supporting patients and their families at home through the toughest times.
To mark International Nurses Day 2021, Sue Ryder Nurse Joanne Chapman shares her experience of working at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She hopes that by sharing her story she will inspire others to follow a career in palliative care.