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September 21st, 2017

Palliative care is very close to my heart, and where my passion really lies but it is only recently I have had the opportunity to take some training to enable me to specialise in this area.

I’ve been working in care for about ten years, and I love it, and was inspired to go into this career by my Nan.

When I was little, Nan was a cook at a ‘guest house’ – that’s what care homes were often called. She did far more than cooking, and helped with caring for the people living there. At Christmas, I’d go along and sing songs to the residents, which I loved. And I remember Nan would be late some years for our own Christmas dinner at home, because she’s been with one of the residents who was dying. She said nobody should die alone, and I firmly believe this too.

When Nan developed dementia, and died five years ago, I saw the whole process of what happens, and how brilliant carers are and what they can do for people to make them more comfortable in their last hours and days.

With DoCare, I’m now one of the team who will do overnight stays with clients who are palliative. This helps give the relatives a break, knowing their loved one has company and someone on hand to respond to their needs.

It’s very intensive and gives us a chance to really get to know a client and their families. In fact, it is a privilege to be able to help them at this time.

I now plan to take my end-of-life care training further, by taking a course with the Sue Ryder charity, on end-of-life care for people with dementia, which will give me even more of an insight into how to help.

It is sad when someone dies, especially when we have become close to them. But I am proud that this important support is helping families at such a very difficult time.

This blog was written by Claire Bishop, Senior Support Worker with DoCare’s Cheltenham team. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.