Oakhaven Hospice is proud to announce that they have extended their care within the community through the appointment of a registered nurse to support those within care homes who are facing the end of life.
“We are thrilled that the generosity of The Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation, has enabled us to create this new role” says Andrew Ryde, Chief Executive of Oakhaven Hospice “this post will mean that we are able to further extend our services to nursing and care homes, allowing us to support those who care for the residents as they approach end of life. We are incredibly grateful to the Beaulieu Beaufort Foundation for their continued support of the Hospice.”
This role will complement our existing community team of clinical nurse specialists and registered nurses, who, along with the provision of personal care from Oakhaven Care, work tirelessly in ensuring those who wish to remain at home or in their care home can, do so in a supportive and cared for environment. It will help ensure they are able to die in the place of their choosing rather than as emergency admissions into hospital.
Lucy Smith, Oakhaven Head of Nursing said “this has been a real opportunity to strengthen our community nursing team and to help us support care homes as they care for their residents. This role will develop strong links with all care homes and be a direct link to the hospice for the home. They will work with the staff both at the bedside caring for the patient but also in terms of developing educational support programmes.”
During Covid-19 Oakhaven has had to adapt to find new ways in which to support its patients out in the community through the use of technology as well as traditional visits. Oakhaven’s work in the community has increased significantly since the start of the year and is now providing in excess of 2,500 hours of care every month for people facing end of life. This could be through the night or during the day depending on their needs. This role will really help in increasing the level of support we can provide to the care and nursing homes.