The Ayrshire Hospice in Scotland has secured a grant of £351,424 from the National Lottery Community Fund to support their Respite and Response service.
The service delivers a range of practical and psychological support to carers and patients with a life-limiting illness who want to die at home. “Respite” visits are provided to allow the carer much needed time out and “response” visits are arranged to offer additional support at times of increased need, such as a crisis or rapidly changing health.
Complementary therapies for family caregivers and patients are also provided to promote wellbeing, and weekly social and peer support for family care givers is available within the carers cafe. These activities and the support the service provides help to reduce the stress, isolation and loneliness of the care givers and improve their wellbeing and resilience.
During 2017-18 the Respite and Response Service made over 1,400 visits to 371 patients across Ayrshire and Arran. The R&R Service was able to help 97 per cent of those patients to stay in their preferred place of care and 92 per cent of the patients who died were able to die in the place they had chosen.
Lynne Carmichael, Respite and Response Team Manager commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to have been successful in our National Lottery application. The Respite and Response Service has been running for over six years now and has been able to demonstrate, time and time again, the meaningful difference it makes to patients and families across Ayrshire who are coping with a life-limiting illness, during times that can be very difficult for everyone. This welcome funding boost secures the future of this vital service for the next three years”.
Over the past few years, the service has expanded thanks to developing partnerships and a collaborative approach. The team are now able to offer support that helps to prevent hospital admissions – allowing more people to be cared for at home if that is their wish. They are also able to help people be discharged from hospital quicker so that they can be at home, often in their final days. Furthermore by taking on more practical aspects of care (including personal care and psychological support) the team are better able to address the needs of dying patients and their families and carers.
“This is the second time this vital service has been successful in applying for National Lottery funding – a sure indicator that what we are doing works and is worth backing. Our team of eight care assistants and our R&R co-ordinator make a huge difference to the lives of patients and families across Ayrshire and Arran each and every day and I am delighted that the impact of their hard work is being recognised and supported in this way”.
The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:
“I am delighted that the Ayrshire Hospice has been successful in securing a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The award will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the Respite and Response team every success as they go on to develop and expand their project for the benefit of their local community.”
For more information visit the Ayrshire Hospice