Hospice and Palliative Care Week: Busting the myths about Weldmar Hospicecare and what we do
This week is Hospice and Palliative Care Week, an opportunity for us to shine a spotlight on the work that we do in providing care to people in Dorset at the end of their life, and support for their families. What we do can often be misunderstood.
Here are a number of myths that we hear about who we are and what we do – and what the reality is!
In 2003, Trimar Hospice in Weymouth, Cancer Care Dorset and Joseph Weld Hospice joined together as Weldmar Hospicecare. For the past 18 years, Weldmar has looked after patients across Dorset, from Sherborne down to Portland, and from Lyme Regis across to Wool.
We need to raise £18,000 per day to continue to deliver our end of life care. Due to the pandemic, we’ve been unable to run our normal calendar of events over the last 18 months. With restrictions now easing, we have decided to tentatively resume some of our events and challenges. We were delighted to hold our first challenge, post pandemic, at the end of September.
We spoke to some of the participants who took part in our recent Jurassic Coast Challenge about why they feel it’s so important to support Weldmar.
At Weldmar, we care for anyone with a life threatening illness, as well as supporting their families and loved ones with our other services.
Although a lot of our care is provided to patients aged 50+. We do look after younger patients. If you are aged 18 and above, and have a life threatening illness, we can support you.
Weldmar provide support and care to our patients out in the community across Dorset, in their homes, and at our Inpatient Unit in Dorchester. Caring for a loved one can be difficult, and we work hard to ensure all of the carers have the support they need.
After referral to us, all of our patients will see one of our own Weldmar Community Nurses. We have three teams to cover the different areas of Dorset. Your Weldmar Community Nurse will often be your introduction into the organisation, and they will refer you to other Weldmar services as and when it is required.
Although the Inpatient Unit is our hospice base, we provide the majority of our care out in the community. This is through our Weldmar Community Nurses and Doctors, who go to community hospitals, and patient’s homes. Physiotherapists help patients stay as mobile as possible, and Occupational Therapists suggest solutions to enable patients to manage better in their homes. There is a Day Service provision running in Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and Blandford. And our Weldmar at Home team is a service enabling patients to live their final weeks and days at home, if they choose.
A number of patients will be admitted to the hospice for symptom control and pain management. When they improve, they may be considered well enough to return home.