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Halton could be 'centre of excellence' for palliative care
A NEW initiative has been launched to encourage residents to choose where they wish to spend their final days, organise a care plan and receive the best possible support.
Halton Haven Hospice is teaching their palliative care skills to key staff from each care home, who will then share their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues.
Bernie Thomas, hospice end of life care facilitator is leading the tuition.
He said: “A survey has shown that 70 per cent of people would rather die at home, yet 60 per cent die in hospital.
“This is about supporting people’s wishes and putting a planned framework in place.”
To begin with, the six steps programme is being introduced to 10 Halton residential homes, as part of a national end of life care programme.
It will be rolled out across the borough by 2015.
Father-of-four Bernie said: “We plan for birth, children’s education and 18th birthdays. One of the most important things we live with is the death of a loved one.
“I can’t stop people passing away, but I can help take away some of the suffering for people left behind by communicating.
“Communication and planning for the future is so important. It’s surprising that once people do speak about it, the relief it gives is fantastic.
“I’m passionate about getting this right. There is no reason why Halton can’t be a centre of excellence.”
The first phase will include Simonsfield, Widnes Hall and Lodge, Runcorn, Norton Lodge, Ryan Care Home, Trewan House, St Patrick’s Care Home, Fernade Court & Mews, Halton View Care Home, Madeline Mckenna Court and Lilycross Care Centre.
If you have any questions, contact your relative’s care home or call Bernie Thomas at the hospice on 01928 711587.