Sidmouth Hospiscare

Sidmouth Hospiscare

The demand for services like Hospiscare is expected to increase significantly over the coming years.

For almost 35 years, Sidmouth Hospiscare has been offering care and support to patients in the Sid Valley with life-limiting illnesses, and to their carers and families. The demand for these services is expected to increase significantly over the coming years due to: an ageing population; higher occurrences of people living with multiple illnesses; increasing dementia (often combined with a life-limiting illness such as cancer); growing levels of frailty; pressure on beds in community hospitals; increasing number of the elderly living alone or with an elderly carer; and most patients wanting to remain in their own homes.

Sidmouth is at the forefront of this challenge, with the Devon Health and Wellbeing Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2017 showing that Sidmouth is almost a century ahead of the England average for population aged 85 or over, with a very high proportion of lonely older people and the highest estimated percentage with dementia.

Dr Gill Ryall, CEO of Sidmouth Hospiscare comments that: “To address this challenge, we need to develop community wide approaches. Whatever solutions we as a community come up with could provide important learning for the rest of the UK, as other local populations grow steadily older”.

Sidmouth Hospiscare has recently purchased the old doctors surgery in Sidford and is  looking to refurbish and extend this facility to:

Increase the number of nurses and volunteer services and develop an integrated model of care with other key health and care providers, to provide additional support particularly in the latter stages of life to enable patients to remain in their own homes;

Establish a day centre in Sidmouth to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of patients and provide respite and support for carers (including nurse clinic, complementary therapy, counselling and education sessions), with the potential for use by other local health and care providers;

Engage with local businesses, individuals, community groups, schools etc. to foster a community interest in working together to meet the challenges and developing the new building to provide the best possible facilities, including: “buy a brick for £20”, sponsor part of a room, work together to develop future services and support.

Contact Gill to find out more, discuss how you could get involved, or sign up to the newsletter to keep in touch with developments:

01395 578707,

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