Weldmar at Home Appeal
Our patients are looking to us right now – and we need you
As the demand for community care has increased, so has the need for a 24 hour clinical care service provided by Weldmar, delivered in the comfort of patient’s own homes.
This is Weldmar Hospicecare’s biggest ever development in patient care.
We’re asking for your help to launch this vital service.
How Weldmar at Home will support patients and their loved ones
Patients who require end of life care and want to be cared for at home are provided with a specialist assessment which indicates what support they require to deliver the level of care they need. This is known as a ‘care package’. Often this care package can be made up of several health care providers and agencies which includes our Weldmar Community Nurses.
Sadly for many patients they are unable to cope at home without any support. In most circumstances, a patients illness deteriorates rapidly, their loved ones call for an ambulance and the patient is either taken to A&E or have an emergency admission to our Inpatient Unit, which is often not where they need to be. In the majority of cases, these patients, with the right level of reliable and consistent care, should be able to be cared for in the comfort of their own home – where 46% of our patients want to be.
The introduction of Weldmar at Home will not only meet our patients wishes but also provide that much needed consistency and specialist knowledge around the clock. It will also provide much needed respite for family members as well as increased access to our various other support services such as carer support, our social workers, spiritual care, complementary therapy and so much more.
How Weldmar at Home will benefit other health providers in Dorset
With many community patients currently being admitted as emergency admissions to either hospital or our Inpatient Unit, Weldmar at Home will significantly reduce unnecessary referrals, allowing the patient to be cared for where they wish allowing the other care settings to have more time dedicated to their other patients.
Emergency admissions are sadly a common thing, happening mostly out of normal hours at evenings and weekends. If there is no care package set up at home and a patient’s illness deteriorates rapidly, relatives are often left with no choice other than to phone 999.
Weldmar at Home will reduce the amount of emergency referrals to hospital – saving the NHS the time and money which they can invest elsewhere.
A letter from our Director of Nursing
Weldmar Hospicecare’s Director of Nursing, Caroline Sweetland, is passionate about being able to provide this much needed new service in Dorset.
She says, “Everything that we do at Weldmar Hospicecare is built around our patients. Over the last 27 years we have adapted our services, grown as an organisation and delivered even more bespoke and tailored care than ever before. We believe that every patient deserves to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect, no matter where they wish to spend their last days. With your help, we can make this possible.”
Geoff and Angie’s Story
“Hospice-trained carers with specialist knowledge of dealing with palliative care patients would have been ideal for us.
They would have known what was needed to keep Geoff as comfortable as possible during his final weeks and I could have picked up useful care tips from them.”
Angie from Lyme Regis has been talking to us about how a service like Weldmar at Home would have been a benefit to her and her husband Geoff.
Find out why she says that ‘there is a big gap that only a hospice can fill’.
I’d like to help by making a donation to the Weldmar at Home Appeal
You can support this much needed service by making a donation today.
Complete the form below, or call 01305 261800 during office hours.