Adviser - Spring 2016

How The J’s Hospice is

W hen The J’s Hospice in service in 2010, it was the first of its kind in the country. Their ground- breaking approach to providing care and support to young adults with life- limiting conditions across Essex has gained international recognition, as they work with an age group who are too old for children’s hospices, but who don’t necessarily want to be admitted to adult hospices for older people. J’s provides ‘a special kind of care’ to young patients and their families in their own homes and within the community to give them greater independence and the best possible quality of life at their most critical of times and at end of life. The young adults, aged 16 to 40 years of age, are all living with a range of medical problems including cancer and Sunday 1 st May Chelmsford, Essex 2016 edal f P or The J’s 15, 35 and 50 mil e f Suitabl Chelmsford launched its ‘hospice at home’

Above and below right: Patients at The J’s receive specialist care at every stage of their hospice journey

complex neurological and metabolic conditions. The J’s nurses manage and reduce their pain and discomfort, whilst the charity supports their life choices, education and work opportunities whilst they transition from children’s to

adult’s health care services, which can be a difficult time. In the words of Bev Barclay MBE, the charity’s Director of Nursing: “We support the patient and their family to reduce the strain of the constant cycle of

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