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

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

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

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

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.

ellenor: Empowering People to Look After their Loved Ones as effectively as possible

ellenor: Empowering People to Look After their Loved Ones as effectively as possible

News   •   May 11, 2021 09:50 BST

While we provide direct expert support to those who need it, a key part of our holistic approach is to ensure that family carers are able to support those they love as effectively as possible. Sue Marshall, who has been part of our team for 20 years, has a passion for this aspect of ellenor’s care, borne out of her experience on both a professional and a personal level.

A Last Gift to Your Loved Ones - An Advance Care Plan

A Last Gift to Your Loved Ones - An Advance Care Plan

News   •   May 10, 2021 17:22 BST

We are all encouraged to make a will so we can say what happens to our estate when we die. But how many of us have thought about how we want to spend the final moments of our lives? That’s where an Advance Care Plan (ACP) comes in. It’s a will of wishes that says: “When I die, this is how I would like it to be”.

DYING MATTERS WEEK 10 - 16 MAY 2021

DYING MATTERS WEEK 10 - 16 MAY 2021

News   •   May 10, 2021 13:15 BST

Today marks the start of Dying Matters Awareness Week. It is a national initiative which aims to raise the profile of the support structures that exist for those who are dying, and for the loved ones they leave behind. It also strives to encourage families to come together, and hold open, honest conversations around the future.

Ellenor helps bereaved tread the path through grief together

Ellenor helps bereaved tread the path through grief together

News   •   Apr 28, 2021 15:59 BST

Grief is a personal journey and people cope with it in many different ways. For Linda Rush, getting out in the fresh air helped her more than sitting down and talking about her feelings -- so she instigated a walking group for others who had been bereaved.

A different side to nursing life on our inpatient ward

A different side to nursing life on our inpatient ward

News   •   Apr 09, 2021 10:00 BST

It wasn’t until her first placement, treating patients with cancer on an oncology ward as a student-nurse, that Nele saw a different side to nursing. “The focus wasn’t just on getting people better, but also ensuring that they had the quality of life – if not the quantity. I realised that this is something I wanted to do" Nele Bohn, Ward Sister at ellenor’s inpatient ward.

Our Inpatient Ward:Treating the Person, not the Disease

Our Inpatient Ward:Treating the Person, not the Disease

News   •   Apr 08, 2021 12:38 BST

Operational Lead Chris Dyson talks about life on our Inpatient Ward at the hospice in Northfleet.

Ex-nurse helps carers and the bereaved through isolation of lockdown

Ex-nurse helps carers and the bereaved through isolation of lockdown

News   •   Apr 06, 2021 11:47 BST

Seventy-four-year-old Sue Gray has spent her life looking after patients and their families – and the challenges of Covid have not deterred the retired nurse from reaching out to others. She lost her own husband to cancer 11 years ago, says: “Since lockdown I have been making about 14 calls every week, phoning people who would usually attend the bereavement group or the Carers Cuppa.”

Fundraiser inspired after working on hospice ward

Fundraiser inspired after working on hospice ward

News   •   Apr 06, 2021 09:41 BST

Working in a hospice during a pandemic was a life-changing experience for trainee nurse Becky Saunders. Her experiences at ellenor were so profound that she pledged to take on a gruelling challenge to raise vital funds.

Hospice Doctor rises to the challenges of Covid

Hospice Doctor rises to the challenges of Covid

News   •   Mar 27, 2021 09:19 GMT

Dr Laura Holtham was working full time at the ellenor hospice in Northfleet during the height of the pandemic and is full of praise and optimism for hospices like ellenor - we are a Kent and Bexley-based charity providing care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

ellenor's Charity Hike: Awaken your sense of adventure with a hike to Peru

ellenor's Charity Hike: Awaken your sense of adventure with a hike to Peru

News   •   Mar 25, 2021 10:10 GMT

Set your sights on the summit and sign up for our 2022 trek to Machu Picchu. By taking part in this once in a lifetime bucket list experience, you will be helping to ensure that we can continue to provide the very best care and support to patients facing terminal illness, and their families, across Kent and Bexley.

Hospice patients take a snapshot of lockdown life

Hospice patients take a snapshot of lockdown life

News   •   Mar 11, 2021 11:43 GMT

With a focus on storytelling through photography, the 'Snapshot' project enabled our Wellbeing patients to document their experience of lockdown and provide a snapshot into their lives during this unusual time.

This will be an ellenr Christmas for Charlie

This will be an ellenr Christmas for Charlie

News   •   Dec 25, 2020 09:00 GMT

While many of us see Christmas as a time to be with friends and family, we will continue to do exactly what we does on every other day of the year: giving vital support both to those with life-limiting illnesses and their families. And this year, that support has never been more vital, with many feeling additionally isolated because of Covid. Read Charlie's story

Twas the night before Christmas rendition

Twas the night before Christmas rendition

News   •   Dec 09, 2020 12:27 GMT

Twas the night before Christmas… well not quite, but we're just SO excited for Christmas Eve. This year we've got a special surprise planned for Christmas Eve and we've even had help from a few of Santa's little helpers! So keep your eyes peeled on Christmas Eve for a very special Christmas message from us and a few special guests! 🎄🎅

Christmas appeal recognition on ITV News

Christmas appeal recognition on ITV News

News   •   Dec 07, 2020 13:47 GMT

ITV Meridian and South East coverage of the new rendition for silent night in support of our hospice .

Childrens Care Assistants: There to support children and their families .

Childrens Care Assistants: There to support children and their families .

News   •   Nov 26, 2020 17:40 GMT

For over six years, Sam Pollitt has been a Children’s Care Assistant Friends ask her how she copes with her challenging, sometimes emotional work – especially given that she’s got a nine-year-old daughter herself.

Our love for one another will never be stronger than it is this Christmas

Our love for one another will never be stronger than it is this Christmas

News   •   Nov 26, 2020 17:31 GMT

When one young family was faced with a diagnosis for their son, - we were there to provide holistic support and to help them stay positive. Now, they say they are looking forward to a very special Christmas…