Dorothy House Day Services Review
Who are Dorothy House?
Dorothy House Hospice Care provide services for anyone over 18 years old with an active, progressive (gets worse over time) and advanced disease which is life-limiting/shortening. They also support carers and families of those with a life-limiting illness.
They support people from Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) and parts of Wiltshire and Somerset.
There is a common misunderstanding that hospices are places where people go to die or are only for those with advanced cancer, or those that are elderly. In reality, hospices are much more than this:
“Palliative hospice care is not just for people in the last days of life, it is there to provide support for anyone with a life-limiting illness and their families, to help them live well until they die”. Dr Sarah Russell, Head of Research at Hospice UK.
What is a ‘life-limiting’ condition/illness?
A life-limiting illness is one that is incurable and that will get progressively worse over time; ultimately shortening a person’s life. However, with appropriate support, a person with a life-limiting illness may continue to live well for a long time.
Examples of life-limiting illnesses are:
- Advanced/terminal Cancer
- Heart/cardiac failure, cardiomyopathy or any other progressive heart condition
- Progressive lung disease e.g. COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), mesothelioma, pulmonary fibrosis
- Neurodegenerative conditions e.g. Multiple sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s Disease
- Chronic liver disease
- Advanced renal (Kidney) disease
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Hospices have specialist staff who can help with a variety of issues such as:
- Symptom control e.g. pain, fatigue, nausea, breathlessness
- Social concerns
- Spiritual concerns
- Isolation and feeling scared
- Psychological and emotional issues
- Practical and financial advice
- Nutrition and hydration
- Rehabilitation – helping to keep people as independent as possible