Angelina, Hospice at Home Nurse
“I can honestly say that this is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.”
“I believe the biggest difference our work makes to a patient and family is giving them the confidence to care for their loved one at home – supporting patients who worry deeply about being a burden to their families but who desperately do not want to be separated from them when they only have a limited time left. We help create the best and most peaceful memories for the loved ones who are left behind.
“The most rewarding feedback for me is seeing a patient sleeping with no frown (when previously they have been in pain.) The smile, the peaceful sigh, the squeeze of the hand, a hug of gratitude, are all immediate feedback from patients and families. The words of gratitude spoken to the team are both humbling and deeply satisfying: ‘We would never have coped without you’; ‘How will we ever be able to thank you?’; ‘The kindness, compassion and professionalism of the Hospice at Home team is second to none’; ‘You made the unbearable bearable and as a family we will never forget the respect, dignity and care shown to our dad.’
“There have been so many special moments: such as supporting a family to bring their loved one downstairs into the lounge where we set up the bed so they could see their beautiful garden one last time; or helping a daughter to dress her mum in her favourite dress and shoes, ensuring that she had her lipstick on before leaving home to go into the care of the funeral directors because “Mum never left the house without her lippy on!”
“To care for an individual at the end of their life’s journey is a privilege and brings a great deal of reward and job satisfaction. Knowing you really can make a difference is why I choose to work for Hospice at Home. I can honestly say that this is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I am proud to be part of a team that is passionate about making a difference for every patient and family that we care for. The 24-hour care provided by the Rowcroft team ensures that patients and families do not feel alone at this difficult and stressful time in their life journey.”