Bluebell Wood nurse, Kate Abbott, spends her days either visiting families in the community or providing day care services in our hospice. Her role is very varied, as she can often be out and about in family homes.
Kate, who works as part of the community care team, offers an extra pair of hands in family homes; providing really vital support through the toughest of times. This can include help and support with a wide range of things including symptom management, medications or equipment like tracheostomies.
A parent shared their thoughts about what it means to have such support at home. He said: “When Kate comes to care for our daughter, that’s the only time we can leave the house together, so for us it’s so important.
“It allows us to do normal things, like our food shopping and we know that she is being looked after by someone who knows her. Any parent will tell you how hard it is to leave your child, but at least for us, we know she is with someone who understands her needs.”
In our hospice, day care is a big part of Kate’s role. This is offered to children who are too young to or are not able to attend school. There are plenty of activities organised and take place in our sensory room, in messy play or our whirlpool.
Talking about her role, Kate says: “I love my job and feel lucky every day that I’m able to provide care for these amazing children, but also support their parents too.
“There is no better feeling than knowing I’ve helped a family or been able to put their mind at ease.”