Monday, 25 July 2016

People often think that a hospice is a place when people go to spend their final days; however Hospice Care provides a support, rehabilitation and early intervention.

Peace Hospice Care recently helped Margaret Mitchell-Jubb, a patient in their Inpatient Unit, get back on her feet, after being told she may not be able to stand again, and they even helped her into her old Triumph Spitfire.

The Hospice provides free care and support individuals, families and carers, across Hertfordshire, facing a life-limiting illness through their Inpatient Unit, Starlight Centre and Community Services.

Margaret Mitchell-Jubb, from Watford, used to attend the Hospice's Starlight Centre for a number of years. Peter, Margaret's husband, said: "Margaret used to go to the Day Care session on Wednesdays and Feel Good Friday. It was a chance for her to socialise and receive various therapies.

"Margaret suffers from a progressive neurological condition, which has meant that she now finds swallowing impossible and used to aspirate food and drinks; consequently she has suffered with pneumonia numerous times. After multiple stays in hospital, we were referred to Peace Hospice Care's Inpatient Unit in February 2014 and again in May 2016 for rehabilitation.

"Due to her illness and after being in bed for such a long amount of time, Margaret couldn't stand or walk, which meant that it was harder for me to care for her. Whilst in the Inpatient Unit, she has received intensive physiotherapy to strengthen her legs, which has meant that Margaret can now stand on her own and even walk for a short distance; we didn't think that this was even a possibility before.

"The care at Peace Hospice Care has been fantastic and the staff even gave me the chance to surprise Margaret. I had her old Triumph Spitfire fully restored and refurbished but I didn't think she would be able to ride in it again. However, with the help of the staff at the Hospice, we got her in and I was able to take her for a drive. We've both had such amazing support!"

Margaret said: "I didn't know about the car until I saw it in the Hospice's car park. It looked so good and I loved being in my car again, but I had forgotten how low it was.

"There's no place like Peace Hospice Care; it has been a home away from home for me. I have received exemplary care from all the staff; they have been very attentive to all my needs. Whilst I have been here the rehabilitation team have worked with me every day and not only have they helped me to walk again, but they have also increased my confidence."

Due to the support, treatment and care given to Margaret by Peace Hospice Care, she is now seen to have rehabilitation potential, which was not thought to be possible before. Therefore, the Physiotherapy Team at the Hospice have referred her to a rehabilitation centre where she can continue with her treatment.

To continue providing this level of specialised care, Peace Hospice Care relies on the generosity of the community. Every year, the charity needs £5 million to run and develop their services, however only 23% of their funding comes from the NHS.

This year, the Watford Observer and Peace Hospice Care have been running the Every Day Matters appeal, which will contribute to their nurses' wages and help the Hospice continue to provide outstanding care to the Hertfordshire community. To donate to the appeal please call 01923330340, text PEAC25 £+amount to 70070 or click here.