Patients attend the Day Therapy Unit once a week for a day for respite care, social support and creative opportunities (painting, creating life stories, gardening)
The hospice rehabilitation team comprises of a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and rehabilitation support worker. They aim to maximize function, promote independence and help a patient adapt to their condition.
Lymphoedema is a swelling that can occur anywhere in the body when the lymphatic system no longer functions as it should, often as a result of cancer treatment. Lymphatic drainage techniques are delivered and taught by specially trained nurses in the clinic, enabling patients and their families to be directly involved in their treatment programmes. The clinic operates over 4 days 9am to 5pm.
Hospice Isle of Man employs one full time Senior Hospice Social Worker. The Social Worker works alongside other professionals to deliver help and support to Hospice patients and their families whether they are at home, in hospital or in Hospice itself.
This dedicated team works hard to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care in their own homes at any time of the day or night.
The multidisciplinary clinical team provides specialised palliative care incorporating symptom management, respite care, and terminal care. In-patient care is delivered in a supportive and relaxing environment where individual needs (patients and families/carers) are respected and accommodated.
A diagnosis of a life-limiting or life-threatening illness such as cancer can be very distressing for patient, family, friends and carers. The emotional and practical challenges ahead can be both daunting and often feel overwhelming. They can be difficult to talk about and so cause distress.
Although these feelings and anxieties are perfectly normal, there is no need for you to cope alone. Emotional and psychological support is freely available from the point of diagnosis, if and when you choose to use it.
Complementary therapies are available to our staff, volunteers, friends and to members of Hospice. These services are also available to members of the public. To obtain a copy of our price list please contact 647454.
Patients and their families can avail of these services without charge. The range of therapies available include Acupressure Massage, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Cognitive Relaxation, Craniosacral therapy, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology and Reiki.
Hospice’s Palliative Care Specialist Nurses (PCSN) offer advice and support to patients in the island’s hospital, in the community and in care homes. Hospice Isle of Man employs a team of six dedicated senior nurses known as Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists (PCCNS)
We work closely with your GP, hospital consultant and other health professionals in the hospitals and in the community.
They provide teaching programmes and have introduced the Liverpool Care Pathway (“LCP”) in all healthcare settings and compiled and distributed Palliative Care Resource files across the island.
The team’s aim is to improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses by meeting their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. This applies primarily to patients but also includes their families and carers.
The role of the team is to provide advice on pain management and other symptoms; such as sickness, constipation, reduced appetite and tiredness. We also provide advice, information, education and support to patients, families, carers and other professionals.
Spiritual care is an integral part of the care the Hospice Team offers to patients, their carers and families. Spiritual support is offered to all, regardless of their faith, religion or beliefs. Its aim is to uphold what makes you ‘you’. The Chaplaincy team works closely with faith groups in the community and welcomes representatives of patients’ own churches and faiths.
Bereavement support is facilitated by the Hospice Counsellor, supported by Clinical Nurse Specialists, the Chaplaincy team, the Social Worker and trained volunteers. Relatives and close friends are offered one to one that can be provided in their own home or at Hospice. The Bereavement Group offers support to a number of bereaved families and meets every month at Hospice Isle of Man. For details and further information please contact Kathy Darnill on 01624 647449.
What is specialist palliative care and end of life care?
Both terms are used interchangeably by many people. “End of Life Care” has started being used by the UK Government and it is easily understood by the public.
“End of Life Care” helps all those with advanced progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patients and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support (NCPC 2007).
“Palliative Care” is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.” (WHO 2002).
Specialist palliative care and end of life care differ from general medical/nursing care in that it is provided by a multidisciplinary team with particular expertise and skills. It is mostly (but not exclusively) provided in Hospices and is available for patients for whom Hospice care is available facing life limiting illness, their families and carers. Hospice Isle of Man looks after patients needing care and support usually during the last year of their illness and in many cases may be involved in only the very end stages of life. However, Hospice accepts referrals from diagnosis onwards and offers support much earlier if that is appropriate.