Weston-super-Mare charity's myth-busting mission to mark national Hospice Care Week

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2016

Weston Hospicecare's main building near Weston-super-Mare.

Weston Hospicecare's main building near Weston-super-Mare.

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One of Weston-super-Mare's best-loved charities is seeking to dispel some of the many myths concerning palliative care, which include misconceptions about payment for services and how treatment and support is provided.

Weston Hospicecare's community team leader Amanda Gough.Weston Hospicecare's community team leader Amanda Gough.

Weston Hospicecare is marking this year’s annual Hospice Care Week, which started on Monday, by taking to social media to tell people about how care for people with terminal illnesses really works.

According to the hospice, one of the biggest myths it encounters is people believing they have to pay for its care.

However, the hospice offers its services free of charge to anyone who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and according to its community team leader, Amanda Gough, this message needs to be shared so people are not afraid to approach the charity for help.

Amanda told the Mercury: “One of the things people ask me is ‘will I have to pay’? In this day and age, with social services and financial assessments, people do have to contribute to things and people think there might be a charge.

“But our care and support is free for our patients.”

Another myth the hospice is keen to dispel during Hospice Care Week is that care is not confined to the hospice’s building in Thornbury Road, Uphill.

According to Amanda, a significant number of the hospice’s patients are cared for either at home or in residential or nursing homes, as the charity is happy to care for the patient in any environment they like.

Amanda said: “It is a real privilege to see people. We have a great advantage of seeing people in their own homes, where we see the real side to a person.

“We see them within their own environment and I think when patients are in hospital, sitting in that bed, they are alienated from their comfort zone.

“It allows us to build up an empathy with them in their own environment. We build up their trust.”

Click here to learn more about Weston Hospicecare.

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