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It’s National Occupational therapy week and we’d like you to meet our Occupational Therapist , Rachel Roberts

Our Occupational Therapist, Rachel Roberts, assesses our patients’ daily activities with a view to improving or maintaining their independence and dignity including household tasks and personal care and much more. We’re celebrating her work in National Occupational Therapy week.

We hear more from Rachel about her important role

“Working as an Occupational Therapist at City Hospice is varied, challenging but most importantly rewarding.

As part of the clinical team, my role is to support patients and their families to live not merely exist with life limiting conditions. The range of intervention is broad and I look to find solutions to problems, whatever they may be.

I am involved at many stages of a patient’s journey, from the emotional time of being diagnosed to making end of life choices. I always ask the question- what is important to you right now?

Be Inspired Breathless Management Programme

Breathlessness is a common symptom that many patients experience. It can be a frightening experience that often leads to individuals avoiding activities that they would normally enjoy. I offer a one to one or group breathlessness management programme called Be Inspired.

I regularly visit patients suffering from lung cancer where I provide this programme in a patient’s home. We discuss the physical reasons for shortness of breath and its impact on their day to day life. Along with goal setting, identifying a person’s strengths and abilities are an important part of my intervention. Even after years as a clinician my patients are always a source of amazing knowledge and strength.

We continue to look at methods of conserving energy through pacing, prioritisation and planning, followed by an introduction and opportunity to practice breathing techniques, fan therapy and relaxation. I leave my patient with an array of self-management tools that can be used anywhere and at any time.

Our Day Centre at City Hospice is run by an amazing group of volunteers

Occasionally I get the opportunity to run an activity at our Day Centre  involving my love of all things vintage. Dressing up and stepping back in time with thoughts of a bygone era is fun and enjoyed by all. The mixture of social interaction, memories and the occasional mayhem supports our love of life and living.

I’m lucky to be working in my dream job. Nothing gives me more pleasure than supporting patients facing a terminal illness. I feel so privileged to help people every day.

Being part of City Hospice means more than just being a clinician. I enjoy being a part of a bigger fundraising family and I love to get involved and support events and activities”.

 

Find out more about City Hospice Patient Services here 

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Find out more about National Occupational Therapy Week

How to Get Involved

There are plenty of great ways to get involved and help raise money for City Hospice. Any funds raised have a massive impact on our charity and we're so grateful to all those who give up their time for us.

Volunteer

Volunteering is for everyone and we're sure to have a role that will be of interest to you.

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Fundraise

Whether you bake a cake or run a half marathon, every pound you raise will help us ensure we can keep being there for patients and their families throughout Cardiff.

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Your donation can help us continue to care for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses, and their families, in Cardiff.

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Supporting our Community, Support your City Hospice

We would like to update our supporters and families on the current impact Coronavirus (Covid 19) is having on the operations of City Hospice. Our priority remains to provide care and support to people living with life limiting and terminal illness. Our clinical team continue to deliver essential care during this unprecedented time. We hope that you will all join us in supporting our exceptional team as they continue to provide care for some of the most vulnerable people in Cardiff.

On behalf of the City Hospice team, thank you for your continued support, which allows our charity to care for patients in our community.

For more details on the how Coronavirus is impacting City Hospice please click here. 

To make a donation to City Hospice and support us during this challenging time please click here.

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