Bill was diagnosed with Lymphoma and Emphysema in November 2016. In February 2017 he started attending Day Hospice, after his daughter Annette and his wife noticed that he was becoming increasingly withdrawn.
Bill died at Fair Havens on 21st April 2017 aged 75.
“I was helping my mum to care for him, but it was becoming a bit of a struggle. Dad could be quite difficult to be around and mum was getting worn out. When Dad was offered a space at the Day Hospice it turned our world around – he absolutely loved it."
“Dad regained his confidence and independence through the Day Hospice, he was in charge of the whole day – he would organise his transport and his day when he was there, he would decide what he did and who he wanted to talk to. He enjoyed talking and joking especially about football and they never treated Dad like he was a condition – I think that was very important for him."
“Day Hospice gave not only us a break, but Dad a break from his illness as well. It really did give him a new lease of life – he was no longer negative about everything, because he always had Monday to look forward to, it really did help him feel more positive and it allowed all of us to start as Havens put it ‘Making every day count’ as a family."
“I feel so lucky we could come to Fair Havens for Dad’s last evening. We had such an amazing amount of support from everyone at Fair Havens; that’s what is so special about the hospice – they cared for all of us.
“When Dad died, one of the nurses and my Mum gave him a wash and when I came back in to the room; she had changed the sheets and blankets and brought in flowers from the garden – she made sure everything was blue because it was Dad’s favourite colour. You can’t buy this kind of care, it is priceless.”
Annette, Bill’s daughter
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