A commitment to care

LIPPEN Care’s commitment to promoting palliative care at the Strathmore Hospice in Forfar was outlined last week in its annual report delivered at its annual general meeting.

Chairman Moira Nicoll detailed the charity’s continuing commitment to maintaining the high standard of comfort at the hospice and its gratitude to all those who support Lippen Care.

She said: “We are continuing to fund locum hours to allow local General Practitioners to complete a one week palliative care attachment with colleagues at Roxburgh House in order to enhance and consolidate their skills in palliative care. Lippen Care continues to receive great support from local people. Heartfelt thanks must go to all members, organisations and individuals who have raised funds through various ways. Your time and enthusiasm on these occasions is greatly appreciated and without that we would fall at the first hurdle”

Various equipment has been purchased over the year, including state of the art beds, recliner chairs and dyson multiplier fans. A variety of equipment has also been purchased which can be used in the household environment as an additional support for patients who wish to be cared for at home.

Manager Marion Hood reported on “another excellent year” stating: “There can be no doubt the quality of care is exceedingly high and this is a result of the skills and enthusiasm of staff. Our volunteers are happy to be involved in any way they can.”

Currently 65 volunteers undertake a variety of activities including serving afternoon tea in the Strathmore Hospice and Clova Ward, providing a shop at the main reception of the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre, complementary therapies, gardening, evening reception duties, visiting/befriending service, baking and fund-raising.

Two complementary therapists offer reiki, reflexology, massage and aromatherapy to patients and carers and to members of the nursing team who benefit from the sense of calm and relaxation. The gardens continue to flourish and members of the Kirriemuir Floral Art Club visit weekly with beautiful arrangements for the Strathmore Lounge.

The Befriending Service is going well with all six volunteers visiting friends on a weekly basis. The charity continually looking at ways in which it can expand its work in partnerships with healthcare professionals to help and support families and carers in the local community.

The financial report revealed the charity recorded a deficit over the year of £14,104 compared to a deficit the previous year of £11,411. Donations were slightly down from £39,972 in 2011 to £34,837 in the year end to April 5, 2012 and fund-raising down from £21,402 to £12,820 making total receipts of £61,245 (£75,316 in 2011).

Salary contribution (clinical lead) rose from £24,741 to £33,213 although office administration costs were down from £3,912 to £3,369. Equipment purchased and replaced fell from £27,551 to £5,865 and at the end of the year the total in the general fund was down from £124,028 to £109,924.