Living Right up to the End – Strathcarron Hospice pop-ups near you
The Strathcarron Hospice Living Right up to the End project has been listening to people with long term conditions and their carers over the last year. We have been asking them what really matters when you are living with declining health. We have also been asking them about making plans for the future, and in particular what prevents them from doing this.
People have told us that the important things include family, staying in control, not being a burden and good communication. They have told us that they know that making plans for the future is important and would help them, but they don’t know what to do or how to do it, and they don’t know how to start this difficult conversation with their loved ones.
Over the summer we have had regular meetings with groups in Denny and Alloa to discuss ways for people to get help with this.
The groups have helped us to realise that information is very important, but different people require different approaches. We understand that choice is essential. The groups have also advised us that many people find using the internet for this kind of information is daunting – the results can seem overwhelming. They have told us that the personal touch helps reduce the anxiety of such a difficult issue.
We have worked with the groups to find a way to provide people with a choice of information which they can access in their own community.
The result of these meetings is that there will be pop up information stands in community locations, which will be staffed by volunteers who have been trained by the hospice. Some of the volunteers will have personal experience of living with or caring for someone with a long term condition. There will be a range of information available on the subject of making plans for the future, and having difficult conversations. There will also be a chance to have a chat with one of the volunteers who will be able to signpost to other sources of help and advice if required.
The information stands will be available at
• Clackmannan Community Health Centre on Wednesday 2nd August 10am – 12md
• Asda Supercentre, Whins Road Alloa on Wednesday 9th August from 2 – 4pm
• Carronbank Medical Centre on Thursday 3rd August 10am – 12md