Subjects: Health Care
Spotlight on Services: Wellbeing | Living well, making the most of your time
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
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?
Why Dying Matters: Putting Planning, Preparation and Patient Autonomy First
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
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
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”.
Wellbeing is a truly holistic experience
Andrew Lowden, Interim Head of Wellbeing – explains the benefits of this multi-disciplined, holistic approach.
Home-school Dad teaches children about hospice care
Most parents could hardly have imagined a year ago that they would be home-schooling their children. But for Kevin Hunt the drastic changes to his family life brought about by Covid-19 have opened up a wealth of opportunity.
#HospiceCareWeek | Why ellenor’s housekeepers are so vital to the charity
ellenor – the charity supporting those with life-limiting illnesses and their families – doesn’t count ‘unsung heroes’ among its staff. This is because each person who works for the charity is acknowledged and celebrated as an essential part of the ellenor team.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: My role as a Children’s Care Assistant
For over six years, Sam Politt has been a Children’s Care Assistant at ellenor. Friends ask her how she copes with her challenging, sometimes emotional work – especially given that she’s got a nine-year-old daughter herself. She says, “My role is to look after children who, despite illness, are most often cheeky, smiley and bouncy – just like every child is.”
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Bringing expertise from leading London hospitals direct to children’s homes
Bringing expertise from London hospitals direct to children in their own homes is an under-recognised service that forms the foundation of care provided by ellenor. Thanks to this partnership approach, many children under ellenor’s care in Kent can make fewer journeys and spend less time attending hospitals in London for their appointments.
Complementary Therapy In A Time Of Covid-19 – Why It’s Never Been More Important
Pandemic or no pandemic, ellenor’s patients and their families know they can count on us to deliver the care that’s so essential to every aspect of their well-being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
ellenor shops re-open after 13 weeks...
We are delighted to confirm that after 13 weeks of closure four of our high street shops are open again for shopping only and are operating in-line with the latest government guidance. The shops across Kent - Crayford, Dartford Priory, Swanscombe and Bexley – are open for business and people can make purchases.
Support from ellenor, whatever the circumstances
For Nicola Norris and her husband Lee, we have been a lifeline in providing them with a whole range of services to help support and stimulate their six-year-old son, Jensen.
Children's Hospice Week: How ellenor helps families get on with living their lives
For teenager Jack Browne and his family, support from ellenor has meant a return to the normality of home and school that once seemed impossible.
Children's Hospice Week: This is...Dianne's personal story about how we supported her family when she became a parent to her grandchildren.
When their beloved daughter, Kerrie, died from breast cancer at the age of 36 in September 2017, Dianne and her husband George didn’t just have to find a path through their own grief – they had to help Kerrie’s young sons cope with theirs, too. Throughout the process, we were there to support the family, both practically and emotionally.
Help and support at every stage of life
One Northfleet family has experienced for themselves the vital support that we offer in all sorts of circumstances – including the current pandemic - and to both children and adults.
Help make a difference to terminally ill children this Christmas
This Christmas come along to Royal Victoria Place and have your photo or selfie taken with the biggest Teddy in Tunbridge Wells in aid of ellenor, a local charity bringing specialist hospice care to the child’s home, allowing families to spend more time together.