Hospice Care Week – 10 to 14 October 2022
Hospice Care Week is an annual event where we recognise and celebrate the importance of hospice care. It’s an opportunity to show the world the value of support, of care and of what matters to us as individuals at the end of life when we need it most.
Why is it important?
Everybody needs support, encouragement and care. It’s vital at both the happiest and hardest times of our lives. But we need it most at the end of life, when time is precious. When we only have one chance to get it right and the team at Rowcroft work tirelessly to ensure we do. That’s why Hospice Care Week is so important.
How does hospice care make a difference?
We often hear it said how Rowcroft’s care teams focus on the person, not the patient. Donna Hawkins explains how Rowcroft’s care teams did just that for her dad, Mark, before he passed away from cancer last year in Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit.
“Dad received care and support from Rowcroft at home, and later at the hospice. He relied heavily on the care, advice and support that they gave him, and they provided reassurance to the whole family. The nurses and care teams were phenomenal, I can’t put it into words. They respected his choices all the time and they kept him in control of his care. Nobody treated him like a patient; they treated him like a gentleman who needed some help. The care they gave was personal, they got to know him as the person he was, and they enabled him to keep his dignity, and to die with dignity.
“All of our family are so grateful we had Rowcroft – they couldn’t take the cancer away, but they made a heart-breaking time more bearable, more respectful and made dad’s last months more comfortable and less scary.”
There are so many ways you can get involved in supporting the work of Rowcroft.
Whether you’re taking on the challenge of a lifetime, joining one of Rowcroft’s events, giving your time and skills through volunteering, donating your pre-loved clothes to one of our shops, you will be making a real difference to local families when they need it most.