This week Jessie May are taking part in Childrens Hospice Week; a national awareness and fundraising campaign for children’s palliative care services.
Each day this week, one of the Jessie May nurses will give a little insight into their role at our hospice at home charity. Because that’s what we are – our amazing nurses provide care in the homes of local terminally ill children and their families, providing vital respite care, end of life care and bereavement support.
Our nurses are qualified childrens nurse, meaning parents can leave their child at home with them, safe in the knowledge that they will be getting the best possible care. But the support they offer isn’t limited to nursing care. In addition to respite visits, the Jessie May nurses can also offer advice to parents on a whole range of matters relating to caring for their child, including practical advice and emotional support.
This #ChildrensHospice Week, we invite you to learn more about Jessie May and what fantastic work our nurses carry out in children’s homes.
#ChildrensHospiceWeek – Jessie May Nurse Tina
What’s your favourite thing about being a Jessie May nurse?
I love working in the homes of the children and their families, providing essential care they need but also helping create happy memories. As we are a childrens hospice charity caring in the homes of these families, we really get to know the families and spend really special moments with the children. It’s a pleasure to be invited into someone’s home and look after their child. With each visit, we build up trust with the child and it’s precious to form such a strong relationship.
What do you think makes Jessie May such a special charity?
Being a hospice at home is what really makes such a difference I think. We offer an incredible amount of flexibility to the families on our caseload and also aim to make days and times of their visits as convenient and valuable as possible. Jessie May are a lifeline to many families who need this flexibility. While we visit the children’s homes to provide the nursing care they need, we can also arrange for visits to take place out of the homes if this works better for the family. We are very adaptable to family’s needs and are very aware that for these children, each and every day is precious.
What does being a Jessie May nurse involve?
The Jessie May nurses provide respite care, as well as emotional support, end of life care and bereavement support. Our care is not limited to nursing care at all – we try to engage with the children, spend quality time with them, make them laugh and get to know them. It’s a pleasure to spend such valuable time with the children.