At Holly Road Supportive Care Centre, we talk a lot about creating a Compassionate Community. But what does that mean? We know that living with older age, a serious illness or other personal difficulty is challenging. Often friends and neighbours want to help, but are sometimes unsure how.
A Compassionate Community provides help and support to make a difference to someone’s quality of life. It isn’t about leaving support to health and social care professionals, but looks to individuals in the community to make a difference.
It often starts with having the confidence to ask how someone is and have a chat. That chat could bring a lot of pleasure, distract from the difficulty for a while and may identify other ways you could help.
You might directly ask if they need help with something. For example, if you know someone who is having a difficult time, you might like to do something to support them:
- Walking the dog
- Helping with the shopping
- Cutting the grass
- Helping on the school run
- Providing a meal etc
A further part of creating a Compassionate Community is helping people to think a little differently about difficult circumstances like illness, death and dying. We want to encourage people to plan ahead and talk with others to share their wishes and preferences so they can be acted upon. This is something people can be quite fearful about; however we know that talking about these things makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will be cared for in a way that you might have wished and that can make things easier for everyone.
Holly Road Supportive Care Centre is supporting Dying Matters, which is a “coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.” You can find lots of helpful information on their website or you can visit the centre to help you to have these discussions with your friends and family.
We want to help you to make Uttoxeter a Compassionate Community.