A Helping Hand For The Terminally Ill
When you most need support ...
Posted on: 28/09/2012 By: Sarah Jackson
I wrote this blog post about six weeks ago and decided not to publish as the time was not right. Since I wrote it, my Business partner Claire lost her father and then her mother passed away last week ...
time is of the essence to ensure happy memories are shared amongst family and friends
Our Buckingham Franchisee also lost her husband to cancer at the age of 36 leaving 3 children behind. After discussing the blog post together we have decided that it is essential to publish it and I wish my colleagues all the best and will, of course, support them however I can.
Throughout my time working with terminal patients in hospital and helping them through their last weeks at home I took for granted who prepared the patient themselves and the families for the road ahead.
In the hospital I was there when patients were told they had Cancer, HIV, Hepatitis and a whole host of other life threatening illnesses. I never understood what happened next until I worked for the council as a carer giving home care. The gap from diagnosis to actual care at home was, in my view of the world, far too long.
As the years have gone by, I have come to realise that not enough services are provided to ensure the last week's are burden free and time is always of the essence to ensure the maximum happy memories are shared amongst family and friends.
My business partner Claire has been going through a tough time recently. Her father is in hospital and is unlikely to return home, her mother is in a nursing home and also needs a lot of support. Claire is an only child with children of her own. I cannot imagine how she feels at the moment and I can only offer help and support as a friend.
Our company, Extra Help, was set up to respond to the needs of the local community. Each client is treated as an individual because our life circumstances are all different and we have no right to judge one another as we do not walk in another persons' shoes. What we can do is offer help and support. When looking after a terminally ill family member, people seem to have no time for washing, cleaning, cooking or errands - we just want to spend as much time with that person that is physically possible - and that's where Extra Help can support you.
One thing I took for granted as a carer myself was the bedroom being brought downstairs. When my niece was terminally ill my sister told me she did this herself as she was advised to by the hospital. I am pleased to say that Extra Help offer this service as it's essential for those that will be confined to bed for their last days - it gives a sense of belonging to a warm and friendly environment.
Extra Help will work with you as a family to provide exactly what you need to make sure you have as much support as you require. We will become your "double" to fulfil your duties with household chores and we also provide companionship too.
This has been a hard blog to write but one that is a necessary for people to understand that we are passionate about our business and compassionate about peoples' needs.
If you need help, or know someone that could benefit from a helping hand, then please call us on +44 (0) 845 618 2904 or click here to ping over an email and we'll get right back to you.
Until next time ...
Sarah co-founded Extra Help in 2010, the same year that she became Director of the OakTree Networking company - and she hasn't looked back! Both companies are completely different, however each interacts with the community on a number of levels. Prior to starting Extra Help, Sarah owned her own domestic cleaning franchise which she successfully grew, featuring in the local and national press on many occasions. Working for the NHS at the start of her career gained Sarah invaluable experience in caring within the community - working with the elderly and terminally ill.