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Our work with hospice proving a success

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We have been workiing with Garden House Hospice Care to deliver learning opportunities to carers and sharing resources and expertise seems to be a success.

In January 2017, we partnered with Garden House Hospice Care to deliver a Practical Carers course. The course was set up as a result of a need identified following a focus group with carers earlier in 2016.

Staff at the Hospice’s Hawthorne Centre, including a Nurse, Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Assistant and Complementary Therapists facilitated and delivered the three week pilot course to carers, mainly from north Hertfordshire.

The Practical Carers course included three sessions: Washing and Dressing someone with limited mobility, Moving & Handling and Hand Massage & Relaxation. Carers could attend standalone sessions if they wished however most participants attended all three sessions.

Jo Willis, our Carers Development and Learning Manager, said: “We have built a really positive relationship with the Garden House Hospice Care over the last 18 months, when they first supported us by hosting a Caring with Confidence Course that we delivered.

It’s a pleasure working with the Hospice, Abby McCarthy the Day Services Manager and the team. With their skills and knowledge, we have designed a course which we would definitely deliver again. We are delighted with the positive attendance and the feedback received.”

We plan to approach other facilitators to deliver the course so more carers can have access to help and support.

Abby McCarthy, Day Services Manager, Hawthorne Centre, Garden House Hospice Care, said: “The hospice is proud to have partnered with Carers in Hertfordshire, the Hawthorne Centre is an ideal venue to facilitate this type of education. My multi-skilled team who designed and delivered the individual sessions were delighted to have been involved. The hospice will continue to build partnerships with all suitable local health care organisations.

One positive participant who attended all three sessions said it really gave her confidence with the knowledge she gained. The course also gave her a short break from caring and an opportunity to meet other friendly carers in a similar situation.

If you would are a carer and want to find out more about how Carers in Hertfordshire can support you please call 01992 58 69 69. For more information about Garden House Hospice Care call 01462 679540 or visit

Last modified on Monday, 13 February 2017 17:39