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Help shape your experiences at the end of life

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Help shape your experiences at the end of life

 Help ensure the very best care for yourselves and your loved ones in the future by having your say on end-of-life care in your community.

St Nicholas Hospice Care, a local charity based in Bury St Edmunds, cares for people across West Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapters of their lives.

By providing care from their hospice site in Hardwick Lane, outreach support in Haverhill, drop-in support sessions in the community and care and support in people’s homes the charity works to make sure everyone coping with long-term and life-limiting illnesses, death, dying and bereavement have the best experiences they can.

As the hospice looks to develop its services in the coming months it needs to find out what aspects of end-of-life care and support are important to the community, to ensure the services it is providing are relevant to the people of West Suffolk and Thetford.

In particular the charity needs to speak to those who are not connected hospice care and would be willing to share their experiences.

This could be those with experiences of supporting a family member with a life-limiting condition, either in their own home or whilst living in a care home or supported only by their family or receiving help from care workers as well as those who are experiencing ill-health as they get older.

Debra Garside, the hospice’s clinical services director, said: “At St Nicholas Hospice Care we strive to provide the very best experiences for those in the final chapters of their lives.

“As we move forward we want to ensure that we are delivering compassionate services that meet the needs of our community, but to be able to do this we need to be able to listen and learn from a variety of experiences.”

By talking to people not connected to the hospice the charity hopes gain a greater understanding of their experiences and what was important to them, which will be drawn on as the hospice develops new services inspired by what is important to the community.

Debra adds: “While you may not have been affected by a life-limiting or life-shortening illness during your lifetime, it is likely at some point someone you know either personally or through family members will be, and this is why we need to hear from you now – so what you say can be considered as we develop our hospice services.”

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