Small packs that make a big difference
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have helped to provide special packs for those staying overnight with families in their final days of life at King’s and Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH). 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. They need to feel they’re not having to ask staff for lots of things, especially when they’re staying overnight.”
– Jennifer Carno, matron in palliative care
People who stay overnight often aren’t prepared because they don’t know they’ll have to. These packs allow them to freshen up, a small comfort during a very distressing time.
A welcome comfort
Your donations meant that about 80 sets of relatives each year benefit from the packs. They’ve told staff how useful the packs are, and said it was not something they thought they would receive from the hospital.
“Looking after someone can be very exhausting,” said Jennifer Carno. “You don’t get time to look after yourself, so this is a way that people can. The packs are a very small token considering what’s going on, but sometimes it’s those little things that people feel they want, 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. There are some things I can’t do much about, but this is a small thing I can do for them.”
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.
“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.” – Jennifer Carno