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Pat’s late wife, Barbara, was both Hospice in the Home service and Hospice Day Service patient.
“Barbara, whilst being carer for by Hospice in the Home, used to visit the Hospice Day Service once a week. She loved being able to take part in art classes and I still have some of her finished works on my kitchen table. The opportunity to meet, chat and forge friendships with other people going through similar situations was invaluable. Barbara even made friends with the nurses and our volunteer driver, John. John’s service was faultless, he would even call us the night before to say when he would arrive the next morning to take Barbara to the Hospice. Barbara greatly appreciated everything about the Hospice Day Service but I think just the change of environment and getting out of the four walls of our home was greatly beneficial - she loved being able to look out into the garden. I can honestly say, that without a doubt, Barbara loved her Hospice Day Service visits. Barbara struck up a great friendship with Liza, the Hospice Chaplain, and it was wonderful how comfortable she felt to confide in her. Liza actually helped Barbara with funeral arrangements – which came as a great surprise to myself as I didn’t know the Hospice’s care stretched this far. Not only did the visits to the Hospice Day Service greatly benefit Barbara herself but it also gave me the opportunity to have some much needed ‘me time’.
Barbara also spent a month on the ward at Hospice in the Weald. Whilst she was on the ward, a physiotherapist visited our house to measure it for grab rails to be installed to help Barbara when she returned home. Talk about going the extra mile.
I cannot fault the care and attention given to Barbara at Hospice in the Weald. The care she received couldn’t even be described as first class, it was so much more than that.”
Barbara King died peacefully in November 2016