Friday 26 June 2015
June is national Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month. Margaret, a Day Hospice patient with MND, told us how the Hospice has helped her.
Margaret was referred to The Shakespeare Hospice by the Motor Neurone Disease Association, who got in touch with the Hospice on her behalf. She was visited by the Hospice Occupational Therapist Jo, and Day Hospice Nurse Clare, who talked to her about the Hospice and suggested she come along.
On her regular visits to the Hospice, Margaret benefits from massages on her hands and feet for relaxation, as well as on her neck which can get painful. She also sees a speech and language therapist, who helps with her communication and with swallowing, which can both be affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
Margaret has had support with a number of exercises to aid her mobility and breathing, and equipment has been sourced to help her at home, including a stairlift. She told us that Jo always has a solution for any problems – even things you don’t think of!
Margaret said, “I am very grateful to everyone, it is very worthwhile coming to the Hospice. I can’t fault anyone or anything.”