Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands helps carers to recharge their batteries with a grant to Jersey Hospice Care
Jersey Hospice Care has received a grant of £27,500 from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands towards the cost of funding respite care, recognising the incredible role the carers of their patients play.
Jersey Hospice Care provides short-term, temporary care to people with life-limiting illnesses who want to give their carers a rest from caring. This is known as ‘respite care’. Patients are cared for in single rooms with en-suite facilities with French doors that open out on to a terrace with far-reaching views across the beautifully maintained gardens and the bay of St Aubin’s. When a respite patient comes to stay at Hospice, it’s an opportunity for a review of their medical and nursing needs and helps patients to maintain their independence and get the most out of life as much as possible. Visitors are welcome and in so far as a patient wishes their everyday routine will be maintained. Importantly it enables carers to have a break and to have some time out so that they can maintain their own good health and continue in their caring role.
Gail Caddell, Director of Palliative Care Services at Jersey Hospice Care said: “The provision of respite care is an essential part of the services Hospice offers to those living with dying. Respite care offers both patients and their carers a rest and a chance to recharge their batteries. Sometimes it enables families to deal with practical household activities or changes in the home that cannot easily be accomplished when a patient is at home. It can also help a carer who is struggling to cope. The knowledge that respite care is available, can give that carer the confidence and determination to continue with their caring. We are very grateful to Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands for their support of this service which is valued by so many members of our community”.
Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands exists to support and work in partnership with charitable organisations which help people to play a fuller role in their communities throughout the Channel Islands. Jo Le Poidevin, Executive Director for Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands said: “Carers take on significant caring tasks and responsibilities on a daily basis and often 24/7. The nature of a carers role means there can often be an impact on their own health and wellbeing. The Foundation recognises the vital role carers play within our islands’ communities in helping to improve people’s lives and we are delighted to be able to support Jersey Hospice Care’s respite care.”
Last year 16 people were admitted to Hospice for respite care, along with patients who are admitted for complex pain and symptom management and those facing the end of life. The charity makes no charge for its services and provides care to patients 365 days a year, with specialist palliative care being offered to patients at Hospice as well as at home in the community and at the hospital. An extensive range of supportive activities and day services are also offered at Hospice to enable all patients to live well with their diagnosis, these range from rheki and therapeutic art classes to clinical outpatient appointments, in control breathing groups and rehabilitative gym sessions.
It costs over £20,000 a day to provide all of the services that Jersey Hospice Care offers. In 2019, over 90% of this funding came from Islanders and organisations like Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands who want to make a difference to our community. Generosity like this ensures our services continue to be available today and tomorrow, free of charge to anyone living with dying regardless, of diagnosis or age.