A few years ago Cesca was introduced to the Hospice’s Occupational Therapist who suggested that attending the Day Hospice might be beneficial to both her and her husband Roy. Since then she has been attending twice a week, and it has made a huge difference to the quality of her life.

Attending the Day Hospice gives Cesca the opportunity to socialise with others in a similar situation, enjoy some entertainment and a nutritious meal, and have her medical, nursing and rehabilitation needs regularly assessed; all in an environment that Cesca describes as fun, lively and oozing kindness.

Cesca said: “I love it at the Hospice. I have met so many friends. Everyone is so kind.”

For some people, the Day Hospice can be their only social opportunity from one week to the next. We have volunteer drivers who can collect people from home and bring them to the Hospice. For other people, it allows them some time away from their carers giving them both some much-needed respite.

As Cesca’s main carer, the Day Hospice is a lifeline for Roy who can leave Cesca for the day knowing that she is completely safe.

Roy said: “For me, it is such a relief to have the Hospice. I trust the staff and volunteers completely and know that Cesca is in safe hands. I can walk out of the door and not have to worry about her at all. It helps me carry on.

“Attending the Day Hospice is now part of our life, it gives us some routine which is important to both of us. We can rely on it and plan our days around Cesca’s time at the Hospice. And we can get expert advice too; if we’re worried about anything we can always speak to someone and it’s so reassuring to know that we have that contact twice a week.”

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