What a Difference a Day Service Makes

Fri 20th Jan 2017

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Those who know me well know if you cut me in half I would have Butterwick written through me like a stick of rock. You could say I am a fan of the life changing services the hospice medical, therapies and family support team freely provide but I’m only a fan because of the countless examples of good outcomes I have witnessed.

I often wish I had a pound to put in the collecting box for all the people who have visited one of Butterwick’s many services full of trepidation and gone home thinking ‘it’s nothing like I thought it would be. It’s really nice’.

The truth is the hospice is a lovely friendly welcoming place full of people who are experts in adding quality to the lives of people who come here. Despite their diagnosis people find positivity and a greater feeling of wellbeing following a visit to the day services that are provided free of charge.

Patients feel better for coming to the hospice and their carers get an opportunity to have a few hours off each week to recharge their batteries or do things they don’t get a chance to do during the rest of the week.

So many people have told me ‘I wish I had come sooner’ when they experience the power of the support they and their families receive which lifts their spirits and gives them good coping strategies to help them get the most out of life.

We need to change perceptions and get rid of the old stigma surrounding hospices and help people to open their eyes and see the real benefits that are not only given freely but given with genuine care and compassion.

If you or a loved one has a life limiting diagnosis and you or they have not been in touch with your local hospice to see how they can help, do yourselves a favour, forget what you think you know about hospices and get in touch. You’ll be surprised what a difference a day service makes to so many lives.

Butterwick Hospice in Stockton holds a service called ‘The Hub’ every Monday. It is an open door service that people are welcome to attend to pick up information about what is available to them. You can try a complementary therapy treatment to learn what that is like or just have a cuppa and a chat.

If you would like a little more information you can talk to the Day Services Department on 01642 607742 during office hours.