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03 Jul

Open Up Hospices Campaign

We are excited to announce that Isabel Hospice is joining forces with national charity Hospice UK and other hospices across the country to launch a new campaign aimed at widening access to end of life care.

New analysis published today by Hospice UK has found that nationally one in four families of people who require end of life care, including hospice care, are not getting the support they need.

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Isabel Hospice provide wide-ranging support for people with life-limiting conditions, which includes medical care, spiritual and emotional support and also complementary therapies to promote the philosophy of living well. Isabel also provides their families with practical and emotional support, such as bereavement counselling.

There are a number of reasons why people are not referred for hospice, or other end of life care.

People with a non-cancer diagnosis are often referred in smaller numbers and at a later stage than people with a cancer diagnosis for end of life care. This is often because of low awareness among some healthcare professionals about options such as hospice care.

Also, studies have shown that people from economically deprived areas, BAME (black and minority ethnic) and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people experience barriers to accessing end of life care services.

The national Open Up Hospice Care campaign seeks to raise awareness among the public about the fact that hospice care is available to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or illness.

Isabel Hospice is keen to engage with people early in their journey, not just in the last few months or weeks of life. They run a series of Living Well with Isabel sessions which include Feel Good Singing, pamper treats, exercise classes, mindfulness, telling stories and fatigue and breathlessness classes which encourage people to come to us early and live well for as long as possible.

Elizabeth Paske, our Director of Clinical Services said

“Isabel Hospice is delighted to help launch the Open Up Hospice Care Campaign. Our communities have a population of 380,000 and last year we cared for 1,379 patients, and 2,680 family members so we know we could help more people, resources allowing. Every day we see the positive impact that our care in East Herts, Broxbourne and Welwyn Hatfield has and we want to ensure that everyone has access to hospice care when they need it and so are very proud to be a part of this campaign.”

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