Advice on end-of-life care at St Nicholas Hospice Care ‘open house’ sessions

Gill Adamson, from Wattisfield, who started to attend the Open House sessions by St Nicholas Care fo

Gill Adamson, from Wattisfield, who started to attend the Open House sessions by St Nicholas Care following the death of her husband. Picture: ST NICHOLAS CARE - Credit: Archant

A hospice is offering advice and support to families about end-of-life care at its 'open house' sessions.

St Nicholas Hospice Care is inviting members of the community to come along and find out more about the Open House sessions it runs at the Botesdale Health Centre.

As well as giving support to those receiving end-of-life care and their loved ones, the sessions also offer practical advice and support for those coping with bereavement.

The free sessions offer a friendly environment where people can drop in for tea or coffee, with hospice staff and volunteers always on hand to greet visitors and answer any questions.

Gill Adamson, who lives in Wattisfield, came along to Open House after it was recommended to her by her doctor at the heath centre, following the death of her husband Geoff.

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Mrs Adamson said: 'I was struggling after the death of my husband. I didn't know what to do and I needed some support.

'The sessions hadn't been running long when I first came along and when I first arrived I burst into tears. But the support I received – well the only way I can describe it is like a big hug.

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'Just to have someone to talk to has made a huge difference to me. The support has been sympathetic, encouraging but never has it been obtrusive. When I come along I can talk and ask for help if I want to - but it is always my choice.

'Having the support of Open House has made a huge difference, I try to come along to every session and it is great to see new faces, it gives me a chance to meet new people and get the help I need.'

The sessions, which take place on the first Thursday of the month from 10am to noon, can also act as an introduction to other hospice services.

They may also include mini-educational segments around subjects such as breathlessness, managing fatigue and nutrition.

There is no need to book and family members, friends and carers are welcome.

The hospice runs other Open House sessions in Bury St Edmunds and Thetford. New sessions in Stanton and Brandon will also be starting shortly.


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