Complementary therapies service could be extended by St Catherine’s Hospice

TREATMENT: Carer Irene Davies with therapist Helen Yates
TREATMENT: Carer Irene Davies with therapist Helen Yates
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A service providing complementary therapies for carers could be extended by St Catherine’s Hospice so that patients can benefit too.

Funded by a Lancashire County Council grant, carers of those with a life-shortening condition receive treatments such as reflexology, massage and reiki at home.

As part of their 30th anniversary Give A Gift appeal, St Catherine’s wants to extend the service so that patients being cared for in the community can access treatments too.

The appeal highlights 30 different ways to support the hospice and one of the “gifts” asks for £2,000 to fund a pilot complementary therapies at home scheme.

Irene Davies cares for her husband Tom who has fibrosis of the lungs. She has weekly reflexology sessions, said: “Caring for someone is a 24/7 job – and 24/7 is a long time. The complementary therapy sessions are time out for me, we have a nice chat together and I feel better afterwards than I did before.

“I think it’s a great idea to extend the scheme to patients being cared for at home – not only will it help with relaxation and perhaps ease some of their symptoms, but it also helps take your mind off the illness.”

Irene, from Clayton-le-Woods, also benefits from the hospice’s befriending service, where a volunteer spends time with Tom to give her a break.

Linda Gregory, community services manager at the hospice, said: “We have seen the benefits that the complementary therapies at home project has brought for carers and we are excited about the potential it holds for our community
patients too. We’d be delighted if a business, club or group decided to take on the challenge of fund-raising for this special gift for our 30th anniversary.”