Diane, one of our Hospice@home healthcare assistants has being going over and above the call of duty for the hospice by placing collection boxes in businesses in the Towcester area where she lives.
In her role Diane works with hospice@home nurses to support the care given to patients in their own homes and comfort to their families. Diane said: “My role is very much about helping patients and their families feel as normal as they possibly can by trying to make sure they don’t have to worry. As healthcare assistants we give personal care and emotional support to patients as well as liaising with GPs and District Nurses to make sure they receive the medication they need. We also refer patients into Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy and make sure equipment is ordered to help patients be as mobile as possible.”
Diane with her patient Nancy and Nancy's daughter Mary who she cared for at home in 2019
So far Diane has supported our fundraising by securing a new collection box at Humbugs Gift Shop. Also on her list are The Saracen’s Head pub in Towcester and The Green Man pub in Milton Malsor together with other local businesses in the Towcester and Brackley area once she's able to call in to see them once restrictions are lifted. Diane and her family have also taken part in our events in the past, most recently her husband and son rode in Cycle4Cynthia and Diane joined her colleagues in our virtual Trip to Tokyo in 2019 challenge.
Diane's husband Andrew and son Ewan after peddling in Cycle4Cynthia
Diane, Andrew, Ewan and daughter Sophie out on a walk
“This is something I can do to help raise more money and while I can blend it in by dropping boxes off on my way home after a shift why not! But really I feel my main purpose with the families I care for is to help them make the time they have left the best it can possibly be. If I can make one person smile every day I feel like I’ve done my job” she concluded.