Meet one of our volunteers Terry for whom nothing is too much trouble

News   •   May 31, 2021 07:00 BST

We have never been more dependent on support from our volunteers than in the face of the current pandemic. Terry Ludlow, one of our regular couriers, has stepped up to the plate magnificently in recent months, upping his hours so that vital medical samples can be delivered to hospital, and ensuring donations of everything from food to flowers are collected from our corporate supporters.

Young Fiancee find comfort and friendship at ellenor's Bereavement Group

News   •   May 20, 2021 18:08 BST

When Jazz’s fiancé died, she was left feeling “broken”. But the support she found at our bereavement group has helped her through the pain of grief. The 31-year-old project manager says: “The aftercare I have received from ellenor has been nothing short of incredible.”

Wellbeing at ellenor is a truly holistic experience

News   •   May 19, 2021 11:25 BST

We are a charity supporting those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. We believe in offering support for body, mind and spirit, empowering patients and those who care for them to stay as strong as possible, for as long as possible. Here, Andrew Lowden – our interim Head of Wellbeing – explains the benefits of this multi-disciplined, holistic approach.

Spotlight on Services: Wellbeing | Living well, making the most of your time

News   •   May 19, 2021 11:21 BST

The wellbeing services ellenor provides lie at the heart of the hospice’s total package of care. Operational Wellbeing Lead Andrew Lowden explains the importance of going beyond patients’ clinical needs and helping them and their families navigate the psycho-social complexities of living with a life-limiting condition

Talking about Grief: How our Counselling Service is Helping Families Speak Up, and Break Down Taboos

News   •   May 19, 2021 10:55 BST

If death is a taboo, how can you encourage people to open up about grief and bereavement? Moreover, how do you break down those walls and stigmas that society has built up around the topic of loss, and help those who’ve experienced it come to terms with those feelings?

Counselling| What we offer

News   •   May 19, 2021 10:48 BST

We are a charity that provides hospice care and support to patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in the Kent and Bexley communities. As well as offering palliative and end of life care to patients, we also provide a range of wellbeing services and complementary therapies, which include spiritual and emotional care, as well as respite and bereavement support.

Treatment Escalation Plans: What are They, and Why Do They Matter?

News   •   May 14, 2021 12:30 BST

Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs) aim to empower patients who are frail or with life-limiting illnesses, in conjunction with their family and the GP/doctor responsible for their care, to explore the treatment options available to them – and ensure that appropriate preparation has been made for a supported, symptom-free end of life period. Here we explain what TEPS are and why they’re so important.

The Gate at the End of the Path: The Importance of Providing and Preparing for a Good Death

News   •   May 14, 2021 09:00 BST

“I see it as a gate that opens onto the last part of life’s journey”, says Angela Cooke, Practice Development Lead. “You’re going through a garden, walking along a path. You’re talking to somebody and admiring the flowers that they and their family have planted. You’re beside them to support them, should they trip.

Putting the care in care homes: how ellenor helps provide personalised experiences for local residents

News   •   May 12, 2021 09:28 BST

We support patients with life-limited illnesses and their families within the Kent and Bexley communities. While we provide care from both inpatient and outpatient units in Northfleet – in addition to a range of wellbeing services – the majority of our work takes place within the community. That’s both from the homes of our patients, as well as a number of local care homes, too.

Why Dying Matters: Putting Planning, Preparation and Patient Autonomy First

News   •   May 11, 2021 13:15 BST

As one of our team of four doctors, Dr Sheraz Majeed’s role is more than a clinical one. In line with our ethos of ‘holistic care’, which pledges to treat the patient and their family, rather than the illness alone, Dr Majeed’s chief responsibility is to understand the individual needs of the patient.

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About ellenor

Providing the best care and support for families facing terminal illness

We are ellenor, a charity funded by the generosity of our local community, offering the best care and support to families facing terminal illness in Kent. We are the only charity in the county that provides hospice care for people of all ages – babies, children and adults - and their families. This includes pain and symptom relief, end of life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care.