Thursday, 12 December 2013

As Christmas approaches, many patients and families in South West Herts will take comfort from the support of Peace Hospice Care. Some patients are newly referred to our services, others have been using them for many months.

As Christmas approaches, many patients and families in South West Herts will take comfort from the support of Peace Hospice Care.  Some patients are newly referred to our services, others have been using them for many months.

Terry Reynolds and his wife Shirley have been benefiting from Peace Hospice Care services throughout 2013. Terry, who has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) has been attending  the Inspire Group, receiving Complementary Therapy and has also been supported in the Inpatient Unit and in his own home by Hospice at Home nurses. His wife Shirley also benefits from Complementary Therapy.

Terry shares his story and appreciation of Peace Hospice Care Services.

‘For a long time I was coping at home with help from my wife Shirley and the family, but I got so very poorly and when I got an infection as well I knew I needed more support.  I really didn’t want to go into hospital again and, thankfully, I was referred to Peace Hospice Care and offered a bed in the Inpatient Unit.


At the time my 22 year old granddaughter was so upset at the thought of her granddad being admitted and the word ‘hospice’ put so much fear in her.  But when she came to visit she realised that it was such a positive place that helps people who are feeling poorly.  Her fears disappeared and she could see for herself there was nothing to worry about.

My time in the Inpatient Unit made such a difference to me and my wife Shirley.  She was able to relax knowing I had all the support I needed. Shirley could visit me at any time and I returned home much more settled.  The staff and volunteers were all so nice – I’ve never had so many women looking after us as in those few days!  I felt so reassured and so did Shirley.

Once a fortnight I go to the Inspire group which is run by Day Services. It gets me out of the house, I meet up with familiar faces and it really does me good.  I also have a massage once a month from one of the Peace Hospice Care Complementary Therapists which relaxes me so much that it usually sends me to sleep.  Shirley also benefits from a monthly massage which is wonderful, it’s important that she gets the opportunity of support as well as me. 

The Hospice at Home nurses’ come to visit me once a fortnight and that’s always welcome. Knowing that Peace Hospice Care is there for us is such a comfort.  We feel safe thanks to the Hospice. They have been so brilliant to us.’