East Cheshire Hospice is committed to providing holistic care to our patients and their families - medically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Our services extend far beyond end-of-life care, including the management of progressive illnesses and a range of help and support available to carers and families.
Here are 12 key facts about the Hospice that you might not know:
- Our 15 bed inpatient unit has unrestricted visiting hours and overnight accommodation for families. Children and even pets are welcome to visit anytime
- Our self contained Sunflower Wellbeing Centre treats one-third of our patients and offers a range of supporting services for carers and families, including information and advice, creative writing, relaxation, visualisation, and even T’ai Chi
- We give 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
- We have onsite physiotherapists, occupational therapists and a lymphoedema specialist, to help improve our patients' independence and mobility
- Our art therapist offers one to one psychotherapy, to help express changing and intense emotions
- We offer a range of proven complementary therapies – acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, Indian head massage, therapeutic massage, reflexology and Reiki – to help relieve pain, nausea and tension, as well as to soothe, relax and lift mood
- We can provide pre- and post-bereavement counselling support for adults and children, both one to one and in peer support groups
- Spiritual support is provided by our chaplaincy team, embracing all beliefs and faith systems
- Our in-house catering team provide freshly prepared meals for patients and visitors, and are 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
- Less than 20% of the Hospice’s funding is from Government and the remainder is funded independently through the generosity of the local community. We need to raise £7,500 each day to keep East Cheshire Hospice running.