Day services to restart at Weldmar Hospicecare after lockdown

Day services to restart at Weldmar Hospicecare after lockdown

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:10am 30th June 2020.

Day services at Weldmar Hospicecare are resuming after they were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

New safety measures mean all Day Services can now resume at Trimar House for two days a week.

Most staff in Weldmar's Trimar house are working from home, which will allow patients to spread out through the building.

Jenny Wood, Day Services Lead, said:

"We've been keeping in touch with all our Day Services patients with weekly calls, but we are so excited to see them face to face. We are so lucky to build such lovely relationships with our patients. We have really missed them!

"The past three months have been very challenging for those self-isolating. For those patients who may have already felt lonely and socially isolated, it's been really tough.

"To be able to come back together again, albeit with a slightly different set up, allows us to help our patients feel connected to one another again, and will provide that much missed interaction. We can't wait!"

The charity will also be using Trimar House for face to face bereavement and counselling meetings, which have been taking place via phone calls or video conferencing since March.

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Prior to lockdown, Day Services also ran in community hospitals in Shaftesbury, Bridport, and Blandford, as well as the charity’s own Inpatient Unit in Dorchester, but facilities to run them here are not yet available due to their own Covid-19 safety measures.