So many people fear that it is simply a place to go to die. This is one of the many myths that surround the word ‘hospice’. Sadly, people turn down the offer of help from St Clare because of this fear, not realising that a ‘hospice’ is not a building but a very special way of caring.
Hospice care helps people to live as actively as possible from the point at which their illness is diagnosed as incurable to the end of their lives, however long that may be. And it carries on caring for families, carers and friends beyond the death of the person they love.
As you explore St Clare here online, we hope that you find yourself surprised, encouraged and reassured as you discover how hospice care can transform the lives of those affected by a life-limiting or terminal illness.
But first, let’s dispel a few common myths about the care you will find at St Clare Hospice:
- It’s about life and living, not just death and dying.
- It’s for people with any life-limiting illness, not just cancer. Diseases that cannot be cured such as respiratory and heart diseases, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia.
- It’s for the relief of suffering from diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, not just the last few days and hours. Some people receive hospice care a number of times over a period of time, depending on their condition and their wishes.
- It’s for adult patients of all ages from 18 years and over, not just the elderly.
- It’s support for the whole family, not just the person with the illness.
- It’s for helping people in their homes, not just at the Hospice centre.
- It’s for people of all faiths, or none, not just Christian.
- It’s completely free of charge, but St Clare receives only limited NHS funding. Most of the cost is funded through voluntary donations, in other words, the generosity of those who believe in the difference that St Clare makes to those facing one of the most difficult journeys in life.
Find out more about St Clare’s special approach to caring.