HospiceCare was established in 1995 and is the main provider of palliative care in North Northumberland.
We deliver our care and support to adults, their families and carers, who have a life limiting illness such as Cancer, Respiratory Failure, Heart Failure, Lung Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Advanced Dementia.
HospiceCare has a dedicated team of Nurses and Nursing Assistants who have the necessary skills and knowledge to care and support patients, carers and families in their own home, working in partnership with other health and social care providers. The timing of care and support delivered is tailored around the needs of the patient and family or carer.
Bereavement is something which we will all experience at some time in our lives and we all react to it in different ways. An individual’s loss is unique to them and how we cope as individuals often varies. However, many people go through a range of common reactions and emotions when someone they are close to dies.
Our Dementia and End of Life Care Project in North Northumberland Care Homes
By 2021 the number of people living with dementia will rise to over a million and they are more likely to die in a Care Home (Help the Hospices 2013). This is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society report (2103) suggesting that 80% of people living in Care Homes have dementia.
When someone is diagnosed with a life limiting illness it affects not only the person with the illness but their husband or wife, partner and families. Lives are turned upside down as relationships change between loved ones and family members who soon find themselves in the caring role. The realisation that life will never be the same as it was can be difficult to come to terms with, particularly as caring can be bewildering, confusing, isolating and demanding.
HospiceCare holds weekly Drop-ins at Alnwick and Berwick, no appointments are necessary, simply just turn up.
The Hospice buildings are like a home-from-home where people gather for their chats and coffee, we have comfy seats and pleasing décor. The kettle is always on; there is an abundance of cake and biscuits and an entertaining wealth of conversation!
Betty Lucas - The Very First Admiral Nurse for North Northumberland
HospiceCare North Northumberland are delighted to announce that due to exciting developments in partnership with Dementia UK – the national charity providing specialist dementia support - they are now in the process of recruiting an Admiral Nurse to provide end of life/ specialist palliative care to the people of North Northumberland living with a diagnosis of Dementia.