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Oban Hospice
Our Services

Our Services

We currently offer or contribute to the following services:

  1. Day Hospice
  2. Community Services
  3. Hospital Beds

Day Hospice

The Day Care Service operates in Lynnside Day Centre, Soroba Road, every Monday excluding public holidays.

Facilities

Sitting area within easy reach of treatment room and toilets.

  1. Dining area with small kitchen
  2. Access to outside courtyard
  3. One treatment room and one screened area in the sitting area where therapists offer complementary therapies. Provision can be made for confidential conversations

Services Available

Experienced Nurse, Occupational Therapist and Health Care/OT Assistant who can offer specialist palliative advice and counselling.

  1. Diversional therapies, complementary therapies
  2. Pampering/manicures
  3. Chaplain on call
  4. District Nurse by appointment

Patient Day

Up to a maximum of eight patients arrive at 10am and leave about 3 pm. Refreshments are provided throughout the day with luncheon served at noon.  All are services are provided free by Oban Hospice Ltd.

Transport

If there is any difficulty getting to the day centre, volunteer drivers may be available transport patients.

Activities

The Occupational Therapist and others, assisted by volunteers, provide arts, crafts and activities.  Other activities include occasional musical entertainment, parties/seasonal celebrations and relaxation/mindfulness sessions.

Aims & Objectives

  • The objective is to raise and maintain the quality of life for patients and where applicable, relatives and carers.
  • To provide specialist symptom advice
  • To meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the patients.
  • To provide specialist palliative support
  • To affirm life and regard dying as a normal process

Admission Criteria

People suffering from active progressive disease who require all or one of the following:
  • Motivation
  • Respite care
  • Emotional support
  • Psychological support
  • Symptom advice

Referrals

Referrals can be made either through your GP, District Nurse, Oban Hospice Community Services Co-ordinator, MacMillan Nurse or Hospital Consultant.  Self-referral can also be made to the Day Hospice on a Monday to 01631 572950.

Criteria for Discharge

  • Inability to travel
  • Not well enough / too long a day / in poor health
  • Moving from the area
  • No longer needing day services – remission
  • Cure
  • No longer meeting admission criteria

Oban Hospice Community Services

Overview

We are based at the Carers Centre and continually grow at a steady rate with 25 new referrals in 2016, including supporting 8 people until their deaths. Every person that we support is experiencing difficulties in their own way, with their own diagnosis, and we work holistically to support each person in an individual and unique way.  We constantly review each case as physical and emotional needs change. Oban Hospice Community Services offer an invaluable service to those with a life limiting and terminal diagnosis. We give information, advice, counselling and support in the avoidance of harm to a wide range of people in the community. Our work is carried out in partnership with other agencies and professionals.

We are currently supporting 28 people with a diagnosis each in an individual way.

We support 11 family members to support and maintain relations within a family setting.

What we do

Community Services provide continued support to individuals and their carers.

We work collaboratively with other services in the area including Marie Curie, MacMillan, Social Work and health professionals. Community Services have referred onto and worked with the Move Well exercise programme with MacMillan. We visit the Day Hospice regularly to share information and attend the Chemotherapy ward monthly get together and take referrals from them.

We deliver mindfulness sessions and long term condition management sessions to help people live well with their diagnosis.

An example

We will visit someone at home after a referral is made to us. From this home visit we will assess individual emotional, social and practical needs, treating each person in a centred way to see how we can best address their needs, putting a care plan into place. We look to see if there are carers involved, who they are and the dynamics of the caring situation at home. We help to maintain and improve relationships within families by working with everyone involved in the care of the person using Oban Hospice Community Services, being aware of the different needs of people depending on their age and ability. We can organise specialist therapies for those with a diagnosis and their carers. We make referrals to Social Work, Occupational Health and physio. We contact the day hospice, other community groups if appropriate and can refer on for financial assessment, making sure finances are maximised to enhance quality of life. Everything put in place will be needs led and each person registered with Oban Hospice Community Services will be informed about the day hospice and asked if they would like to attend.

Hospital beds and relatives room

Oban Hospice has provided funds for upgrading two hospital beds locally and the use of a room for relatives.

These side rooms have been fitted out to a high standard, including audiovisual equipment and internet condition and are used primarily, to care for people with long term or end of life conditions.

We have received a number of very positive comments about the relatives’ room being available for family members who may have travelled some distances and who wish to be near to their loved ones at important times, whilst they are in hospital.


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