Physiotherapy is a vital part of holistic palliative care. In this blog post, Sarah Sharp, a physiotherapist at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire, shares more about her role.
We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.
Meet Rachel Gray, a lymphoedema specialist nurse at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. Rachel, who has worked as a nurse since 2002, helps to run the hospice’s Lymphoedema Clinic. In this blog post, she talks us through a day in her life.
Our new research A Better Grief reveals that, as a nation, we have a big issue talking about death – with half of us saying we would be scared of saying the wrong thing to someone recently bereaved.
After seeing the difference that his wife makes every day as a palliative care nurse, Mike decided to cycle 400 kilometres from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Here he talks about his trip of a lifetime.
Danny Gallagher has lived at our Sue Ryder Cuerden Hall Neurological Care Centre since January 2018. Here, his daughters Daniella and Gemma describe how he came to be at Cuerden Hall and the positive impact it has had on all of their lives.
“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at our Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. Here, she recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.
What happens when someone you love has died, leaving their belongings behind? How do you decide what to keep and – at what is such a painful time – work out which items ‘spark joy’? After watching the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo episode ‘Sparking Joy After A Loss’, Julia Cook reflects on losing her parents-in-law and how she navigated the difficult process of sorting through their effects.
“Throughout the last few months of my beautiful mum-in-law Marian’s life, Sue Ryder Nurses were on call 24/7,” writes Angie Lund. “They ensured Marian's dignity remained intact, kept her totally pain free, gave us ongoing advice, and took her wishes about her care into consideration throughout. It is for this reason, in Marian’s memory, that I want to give something back by running the London Marathon.”
Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Care Centre and Ipswich Hospital have joined forces to provide more specialist care packages for head injury patients in response to growing numbers of people being diagnosed with neurological conditions.