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Garden House Hospice Care Philip

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 Philips.

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 mothers 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 mothers condition and guided what turned out to be the end-of-life journey. Lucy got to know my mother and the family, and she gave practical support on many things,] acknowledging that managing Alzheimers 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.”

Do you need support and guidance around coping with a dementia at end of life? Were here to help. Contact Lucy Cosgrove on 07377 876257 (Working Days: Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm).

Alternatively, drop in for a cuppa, a chat, information and support from various professionals about memory, diagnosis, dementia, services and groups at our North Hertfordshire Healthy Memory Café on the last Thursday of every month from 10am-midday at Create Community Hub Letchworth – 19-29 Station Rd, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3BB.

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