12 fast facts about East Cheshire Hospice
The word ‘hospice’ is from the Latin for ‘hospitality’ and it sums up our whole approach to delivering bespoke patient care for the whole person
— medically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
Our services extend far beyond end-of-life care, including the management of progressive illnesses at home, and a range of help and support available to carers and families.
- 15 bed in-patient unit with unrestricted visiting hours, two side wards, private rooms, lounges and overnight accommodation for families.
We care for over 300 patients every year offering end-of-life care, symptom and pain control, rehabilitation and respite care.
- Self contained out-patient and day facility, the Sunflower Centre, treating one-third of our patients on an out-patient basis and offering a range of supporting
services for carers and families: information drop-ins, our ten week ‘Living Well’ course supporting independent daily living, creative writing,
relaxation and visualisation, and T’ai Chi.
- Social support and practical advice for the whole family including information on local support services, available benefits,
employment rights, transport and preparing to return home.
- Physiotherapy and occupational therapies to help improve independence and mobility in our own gym,
private physiotherapy treatment room and dedicated art and craft studio.
- One-to-one art psychotherapy to help patients express changing and intense emotions.
- Proven complementary therapies — acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy,
Indian head massage, therapeutic massage, reflexology and reike — to help relieve pain, nausea and tension, soothe, relax and lift mood.
- Pre- and post-bereavement support, one-to-one for adults and children, and in peer support groups.
- Spiritual support from our chaplaincy team embracing all beliefs and faith systems.
- Our own in-house catering sympathetic to changing needs and appetites.
- We even have our own hair-dressing salon where patients can have their hair done in a supportive environment.
- Our services are delivered by a dedicated and integrated workforce of over 100 staff — and more than 600 volunteers covering a wide range of disciplines
alongside the clinical and nursing teams.
- Less than 20% of the Hospice’s funding is from Government. The remainder is funded independently through the generosity of the local community.
Income generation activities are diverse — from the very successful Hospice Lottery to our Corporate Alliance scheme. They include a host of events and
challenges run by the Hospice and the community including the Midnight Walk, an annual Hospice ball, Light Up A Life celebration and Christmas Tree Collection.
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