Geoff is a patient at our Living Well Centre and usually attended on Thursday mornings. Here he and his wife, Di share more about how St Catherine’s has supported them.
“When Geoff was having problems in 2018, I was getting very anxious about him,” explains Di. “We were running round in circles and our doctor referred us to the hospice. We had a hospice nurse come to visit us at home with a heart nurse. They helped Geoff with managing some of his problems with sickness and nausea and not being able to eat.
When we started going to the hospice on Thursday morning it was a lifesaver. It was wonderful to see people and to join in wellbeing activities like tai chi exercise and reiki.
Geoff continues, “Now we’re not able to attend the Living Well Centre, we look forward to the Zoom exercise class each week. We’re shielding so we’re not seeing anyone, so it’s good to see other people. We give them all a wave.”
“Using Zoom has been a learning curve for us but we get the exercise class up on the tablet each week,” says Di. “About six of us usually take part, and the physiotherapist is wonderful. They’re so kind, understanding and patient, and it’s nice that they know Geoff. The class certainly cheers us up each week, and keeps the interaction with the hospice going.
When we were first in lockdown Geoff and I were doing puzzles together and arm exercises at home, but after Geoff went into hospital at the end of May, we lost our routine a bit so it’s good to still have this exercise.”
Geoff says, “The physiotherapist adapts the exercises for me if I need it, and it’s feel good after I’ve done it.”
“We’ve continued to have phone calls from the physiotherapist and the nurses,” explains Di. “And it’s reassuring to know I have someone to turn to, to chat with and to give me advice.”
Geoff says, “We appreciate everything the hospice does. Even though we can’t visit they’re still helping us.”
Di says, “St Catherine’s is such a good place to donate to. Your money will be well used and well appreciated. It will help to make life easier for a lot of people who are struggling in one way or another. Thank you to anyone who is able to donate.”