This year Easy Mobility Services are very proud to be involved with the well established and highly respected Farleigh Hospice. It was a privilege to be asked to sponsor their Seeds of Life Day on Saturday 12th July.
The Seeds of Life Day provides a sensitive and personal way for us to celebrate the lives of people we have loved and lost. Our role on that day is to provide support with wheelchairs and mobility aids and to also answer any questions people may have about using mobility aids to help them and enjoy and gain more from life with any disability they may have.
Not only have we sponsored the Seeds of Life Day but we have chosen Farleigh Hospice as our ‘CHARITY OF THE YEAR’
Farleigh Hospice supplies vital support, totally free of charge, to around 250 local people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses. To fund this care, the charity relies on the generosity of the mid Essex community.
The Farleigh Hospice as created following the death of
Audrey Appleton in 1981.
Her friends Glenda Lance and Dr. Gill Collier launched an appeal for a hospice service to cover the Chelmsford and surrounding areas following which a committee was established and the charity called the Chelmsford Hospice Service was registered in 1982.
Since that time the service has grown with the introduction of ‘day hospice centres, to serve the surrounding areas where it was previously difficult for patients, and visitors to travel.
In order to meet increasing needs and to provide better facilities it was decided in 1997 that the hospice had outgrown the original London Road site and an appeal was launched to raise £6 million to build a new purpose built hospice.
In 2006 the name charity was officially named Farleigh Hospice and work was completed on the new building in North Court Road where Farleigh Hospice still resides.
In the same year the Yo-Yo project began for pre and post bereaved children across mid Essex. In 2007 a Service User Facilitator was employed and the Independent Living Team was formed providing therapies to patients.
Throughout the next few years Farleigh Hospice grew and introduced many new features, including the Hospice Outreach Project to replace the Braintree day Hospice Facility, a Care Coordinator, Triage and ‘on call’ services and in 2011 the ‘Hospice at Home’ service was introduced, and the Lantern Suite was opened.
In 2013 Farleigh Hospice opened their 13th charity shop together with a rehabilitation suite at North Court Road with beautiful self contained apartments allowing patients to build their independence in a safe environment prior to returning home.
In collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support and MEHT, Farleigh Hospice launched their Information Pod, drop-in information service in the atrium at Broomfield Hospital.
What Farleigh Hospice Can Do For You
For people with an illness that is life limiting Farleigh Hospice is there to help. They offer:
• Answer any question about a person’s illness, and provide treatments.
• Support and encourage people to live life as much as possible.
• Referral to other services which may be required such as community nursing.
• Provide someone to talk to about how you are feeling.
What Services can Farleigh Provide:
Two day care Hospices are managed by Farleigh Hospice. People can attend on a regular day each week or on a more flexible arrangement. Support is provided and people can chat to others in similar situations. People can engage in activities and get information as well as giving respite to careers.
Care at Home
Many people prefer to be cared for at home and Farleigh Hospice can provide specialist nurses, medical visits, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and spiritual care, in the home once a patient has been referred and assessed.
Clinics and outpatient care
Patients can attend and have treatments such as blood transfusins, blood tests and advice on symptom control in more homely surroundings.
Farleigh Hospice provides both Occupational and Physiotherapy to patients. They give careful assessment and advice regarding exercise; self help techniques and relaxation, as well as help with the provision of mobility and walking aids.
The therapies also include liaison with agencies regarding housing issues and hospitals and community teams to provide a seamless service from hospital and hospices to the community and vice versa.
The hospice provides 24 hours a day, 365 days a year care. Rooms are well furnished with en suite toilets, TV, DVD players, direct phone lines and web access points, and of course full access for wheelchairs.
Whilst on the inpatient unit, patients have full access to any of the services offered by the hospice.
Support and Counselling
Social workers are available for both patients and families supporting them where required, emotionally and practically. Children and family workers are there to provide support during what can be a difficult time. The hospice also provides an ongoing bereavement service.
The hospice has a sanctuary for meditation and contemplation, and the chaplaincy team work with patients to discuss any spiritual issues they have regardless of faith.
Support for family and loved ones
Farleigh Hospice offer a wide range of care and support to both patients and families, providing practical, emotional, information and spiritual care and advice.
Supporting Farleigh Hospice
Whether a patient needs help from pain, expert advice, specialist care in a comforting environment, support for their family or a host of other services, Farleigh Hospice is there at their time of greatest need.
Farleigh is a charity and relies on the generosity of people to continue caring for people across the mid Essex area. There are a variety of ways people can support the charity by making a donation, sponsoring a nurse, volunteers, fundraising events, lottery’s, and through schools and business.
Easy mobility are here and happy to help anyone that needs to know more about the charity or wish to discuss mobility and disability aids from simple every day mobility equipment to power chairs, stair lifts and recliners.