Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have helped to provide wellbeing packs to carers who are staying overnight at our hospitals to be with their loved ones who are in their final days of life. The packs contain shampoo, shower gel and a dental kit, which can make a big difference to someone whose main concern is caring for their loved one.
“Carers are important and they need to feel comfortable and looked after", says Jennifer Carno, matron in palliative care.
"They need to feel they’re not having to ask staff for lots of things, especially when they’re staying overnight. These packs allow them to freshen up - a small comfort during a very distressing time."
The palliative care team at King’s have two priorities. The first is to support people with serious or life-limiting illness that are often advanced in nature. The second is to support the care given in the final days or hours of life, training ward staff to deliver exceptional care.
“Looking after someone can be very exhausting. You don’t get time to look after yourself, so this is a way that people can take a moment for themselves. The packs are a very small token considering what’s going on, but sometimes it’s those little things that makes them feel a little bit special, and that they’re not troublesome."
“It’s important to carers to know they can stay and don’t need to worry about anything. We should be able to support them to do that. That’s why being able to offer these packs is great. This is a small thing I can do for them.”
“I’m very proud of the team and our work around dignity. Being able to offer these packs gives you a good sense of pride in our service, and that we’re making our care as individual as we can for our patients and carers.”