The RDHCT has been a strong supporter of the hospice movement for many years, and in particular has made regular donations to the hospices that serve people in east Kent.
In 2012 the Trust helped by providing a £25,000 grant to support people who elect for hospice care at home. The Pilgrims Hospices Rapid Response Hospice at Home Service was developed in response to requests from patients and carers. The team is able to respond to a referral within four hours, and provides hands-on nursing care for patients. The service works alongside existing community services as well as providing practical and emotional support for carers. This allows family and friends to spend precious time with loved ones.
Care and support is provided in the place of patients’ choice. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is completely free of charge.
One family member who benefited from the support of the team said: “Thank you very much to all the Hospice at Home staff for the kindness and compassion you showed to my husband and myself when caring for both of us in his final days at home. I will always be grateful to you all.”
2012 saw the 30th anniversary of the opening of Pilgrims’ first hospice site in Canterbury. Today Pilgrims Hospice has sites in Ashford, Canterbury and Thanet. The organisation provides palliative care for adults with a range of illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, heart failure, respiratory conditions and neurological diseases. Care is provided from the three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients’ homes and via community programmes. Care is also extended to families and carers.