Hospice launches scheme to provide services at home

Derek Baxter with Right at Home carer Sharon Collinson
Derek Baxter with Right at Home carer Sharon Collinson
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A Lancashire hospice has teamed up with a care provider to deliver a range of home care services.

The St Catherine’s Homecare Partnership has been set up between the hospice in Lostock Hall and Right at Home to provide help with everyday tasks such as cleaning, cooking and administering medication, as well as companionship.

The aim of the partnership is to help people enjoy more independence, stay at home for longer and where people have been in hospital or a hospice return home sooner.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “This pioneering partnership has been formed as we strive to deliver all-round care packages to meet the practical challenges of living with a serious illness. “

Derek Baxter, 76, from Longton began using the service after being discharged from the hospice in-patient unit earlier this year.

Sadly Derek has since died but his family still wanted his views on the scheme to be shared.

Although he was initially apprehensive about the three-times daily visits from carers, Derek said it was a relief to have extra support in place.

Derek received help with meals, housework, washing, ironing and taking his medication,

The retired lecturer, who was suffering bowel, liver and lung cancer admitted he initially had some trepidation about what it would be like. But he soon realised that wasn’t necessarily the case.

Derek had described the service as “wonderful” and that he “needn’t have worried.”

For more information about the St Catherine’s Homecare Partnership with Right at Home visit www.stcatherines.co.uk or call Right at Home on 01772 615227.