Subjects: Health Organisations
Wellbeing at ellenor is a truly holistic experience
We are a charity supporting those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We believe in offering support for body, mind and spirit, empowering patients and those who care for them to stay as strong as possible, for as long as possible. Here, Andrew Lowden – our interim Head of Wellbeing – explains the benefits of this multi-disciplined, holistic approach.
Treatment Escalation Plans: What are They, and Why Do They Matter?
Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs) aim to empower patients who are frail or with life-limiting illnesses, in conjunction with their family and the GP/doctor responsible for their care, to explore the treatment options available to them – and ensure that appropriate preparation has been made for a supported, symptom-free end of life period. Here we explain what TEPS are and why they’re so important.
The Gate at the End of the Path: The Importance of Providing and Preparing for a Good Death
“I see it as a gate that opens onto the last part of life’s journey”, says Angela Cooke, Practice Development Lead. “You’re going through a garden, walking along a path. You’re talking to somebody and admiring the flowers that they and their family have planted. You’re beside them to support them, should they trip.
Why Dying Matters: Putting Planning, Preparation and Patient Autonomy First
As one of our team of four doctors, Dr Sheraz Majeed’s role is more than a clinical one. In line with our ethos of ‘holistic care’, which pledges to treat the patient and their family, rather than the illness alone, Dr Majeed’s chief responsibility is to understand the individual needs of the patient.
DYING MATTERS WEEK 10 - 16 MAY 2021
Today marks the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week. It is a national initiative which aims to raise the profile of the support structures that exist for those who are dying, and for the loved ones they leave behind. It also strives to encourage families to come together, and hold open, honest conversations around the future.
Ex-nurse helps carers and the bereaved through isolation of lockdown
Seventy-four-year-old Sue Gray has spent her life looking after patients and their families – and the challenges of Covid have not deterred the retired nurse from reaching out to others. She lost her own husband to cancer 11 years ago, says: “Since lockdown I have been making about 14 calls every week, phoning people who would usually attend the bereavement group or the Carers Cuppa.”
Hospice Doctor rises to the challenges of Covid
Dr Laura Holtham was working full time at the ellenor hospice in Northfleet during the height of the pandemic and is full of praise and optimism for hospices like ellenor - we are a Kent and Bexley-based charity providing care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.