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Philip's Story

Our Admiral Nurse, Lucy, is based at the Hospice and provides advice, guidance, training and support to carers, families and those living with dementia and approaching the end of their life. Families like Philip’s.

When Lucy visited Philip, he was the main carer for his mother, Julie, and described himself as “making things up as he went along” in respect of looking after her. He was seeking an expert eye on what else he might be doing for her and to better understand what stage his mother’s dementia was at.

He recognised things had deteriorated over the past year following the passing of his father and knew his mother was very poorly, requesting specialist advice and support around care planning and end of life care needs.

“The Admiral Nurse closed the gap with the GP surgery about my mother’s condition and guided what turned out to be the end-of-life journey. Lucy got to know her and the family, and she gave practical support on many things, explicitly acknowledging that managing Alzheimer’s is as much about the carers who carry the burden, which was a great relief.

“Lucy enabled me to feel that I could continue to cope with things, providing me with structure, reassurance and practical help from which my mother strongly benefitted because I felt more in control and satisfied with what I was doing for her. More than anything her contribution was empowering and focused attention on those best placed to sustain and improve the care received by my mother.”

Through the interventions provided by the Admiral Nurse, Lucy:

  • Reduced Philip’s levels of stress
  • Provided a point of contact for the family
  • Supported Julie to remain and die at home which was her overall wish
  • Created links with other professionals
  • Supported with avoiding unwanted admissions to the acute hospital
  • Created a platform to share the experiences of Philip to help others and enable change

Through specialist assessment and interventions over a 4 month period the Garden House Hospice Care Admiral Nurse assisted with achieving positive outcomes for both the son/carer and the person with dementia. With support from the Admiral Nurse the level of stress was reduced and her son felt supported and prepared for end of life allowing the Julie to remain in her family home which is always been her wish. This was achieved by providing advice, guidance and support to the son, Philip and through partnership working with other services/agencies.

Healthy Memory Café

Are you forgetful? Are you worried about your memory? Are you caring for a loved one who is?

Drop in for a cuppa, a chat, information and support at the Healthy Memory Café on the last Thursday of every month from 10am-midday. Create Community Hub Letchworth – 19-29 Station Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3BB.

For more information call 01438 792190

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