Gypsy travellers embrace ellenor hospice in Gravesend
PUBLISHED: 14:03 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:21 06 November 2017
The family dropped off their mother last month
Gypsy travellers from across north Kent came together recently to leave their mother at Gravesend’s ellenor hospice.
Opting for hospice care, 87-year-old Amy arrived on October 17, with her family agreeing it best considering her advancing frailty and deteriorating health.
Referred via Darent Valley Hospital, she was transferred to the ellenor hospice inpatients’ ward for symptom control, support and palliation.
The elderly mother’s family had been looking after her for the past five years but when they were unable to meet her medical needs, they decided a hospice would be better suited.
The family has chosen to keep details of their mother’s health private.
Amy’s family told the hospice: “We never expected it to be such a lovely place. The staff here are so caring and thoughtful.
“They cannot do enough for her and make us feel special and very welcome.”
Claire Cardy, chief executive of ellenor says: “One of the our key considerations is to meet the needs of local communities which are increasingly diverse and provide not only important support in a caring and compassionate manner to the patient and family but also deliver care that is easily accessible and appropriate.”