Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

East Devon Day Hospice: Providing ‘invaluable services’ to patients

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 May 2014

Complementary therapist Sally Sweet.

Complementary therapist Sally Sweet.

Archant

The new East Devon Day Hospice will provide invaluable services to Hospiscare patients across the region, offering access to palliative care specialists, assisted bathing, freshly cooked meals and complementary therapies.

Local charity Hospiscare uses complementary therapies to help relieve stress and tension, aid relaxation and promote a sense of wellbeing, which are offered to patients and carers at home and at the charity’s day hospices and in-patient unit. This service will also be available at the new day hospice at King Street, Honiton, when the doors open in summer 2014.

Complementary therapist Sally Sweet works at the Exeter hospice, as well as visiting people across Sidmouth, Beer, Honiton and Axminster, to bring aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage, reiki and relaxation techniques to patients and carers.

She said: “We shouldn’t underestimate the benefits a feeling of being pampered offers - especially to carers who are often stressed and tired after looking after a loved one.

“Increased relaxation can help patients with symptoms such as fatigue, pain, nausea and insomnia.

“Additionally, we teach people relaxation techniques to combat things like breathlessness, anxiety and panic attacks.”

A new complementary therapy room will be housed in the day hospice. Sally added: “The new day hospice will make it easier for patients and carers to receive complementary therapies as we can offer appointments to those who can visit us there. This is not currently practical if patients have to travel to one of our other centres.

“We would envisage offering more appointments as therapists will be able to see more patients if they don’t have to travel between appointments.”

Thirty people across Exeter, Mid and East Devon currently volunteer their time to provide complementary therapies to patients and carers.

With many professional benefits to be gained from volunteering, Sally said that Hospiscare is actively looking for more people to help provide this important service.

The 49-year-old added: “Our therapists choose whether they wish to work in our day care centres in Exeter, Tiverton or Seaton, or the in-patient unit in Exeter.

“Some of our volunteer therapists help us by visiting patients and carers at home.

“This helps our paid therapists cover our wide geographical area, while volunteers gain experience of working with this vulnerable patient group in a safe and structured way.”

For more information about volunteering, call 01392 688000 or to find out more about the appeal, visit www.eastdevondayhospiceappeal.co.uk.

Future events:

The Sheldon Singers will be performing at St Paul’s Church, Honiton, on Saturday, May 17, at 7.30pm until 9.30pm. There will be a collection in sup-port of the East Devon Day Hospice Appeal.

Stockland Fair on Mon-day, May 26, at Stockland Victory Hall. This year’s event will be supporting the Hospiscare appeal.

Lunch at the Deer Park Country Hotel on June 12, from 11am until 2pm. The hotel in Weston, near Honiton, is offering a special lunch in support of the East Devon appeal. Two people can enjoy two course for £25 as well as a tour of the grounds.

Other News Stories

11:50

A scriptwriter known for his work on House of Cards and Pride and Prejudice spoke about his life’s work to nearly 100 people in Sidmouth.

Read more

Project leaders sitting on a wealth of information from 1,863 Sidmouth homes have fast-tracked an interim report on Port Royal to feed into a consultation.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:50

Weeds and overgrown grass at a ‘gateway to Sidmouth’ have prompted calls for action before the arrival of Britain in Bloom judges.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:34

Drivers are being warned to be careful in Sidmouth after today’s downpour which has caused flooding in the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:20

Powers to tackle antisocial behaviour in Sidmouth town centre have been introduced.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:44

Youngsters learning to save lives at sea got their first hands-on experience with state-of-the-art first aid training kit on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:29

A diary giving a woman’s perspective on 19th century life in the Sid Valley has been reprinted by popular demand.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:44

Ottery’s ‘committed and dedicated’ PCSO will walk her last patrol next month after nearly 15 years of service to the town.

Read more
Thu, 18:44

A former Sidmouth College pupil has snapped up a blink and you will miss role in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Read more
Thu, 15:52

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Sidmouth to watch a Mardi Gras-style procession for a bartender extraordinaire who lived up to his ‘Mad Dog’ moniker.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications