Hospices team up to support young adults
St Leonard's Hospice in York and Martin House Children and Young Adult's Hospice in Wetherby have joined together to offer a brand new model of care for young adults in Yorkshire.
Posted Apr 26

Hospices team up to support young adults

The Hospices identified the need to provide something different for teenagers and young adults aged between 18 and 35 years to help them not only live well, but enable a smooth transition into the world of adult care.

From 25 April 2017, the two Hospices will provide an integrated, holistic form of day provision, offering social, psychological and medical input with consideration for all aspects of care, including the illness itself, relationships, housing and employment.

These pilot sessions will take place one Tuesday each month at The Sunflower Centre at St Leonard's Hospice and run as a part of a 2 year pilot project. The sessions will be led by a doctor and a clinical psychologist from Martin House Hospice, together with staff from St Leonard's. Four members of care staff from Martin House will be present to assist with activities and personal care.

The sharing of staff and skills between the Hospices will allow time to explore some of the issues facing young adults with life-limiting illnesses. It will provide access to a team of professionals with a wide range of experiences and skills that can help pre-empt problems, offering an extension to an already valuable service.

The two Hospices believe that part of living well is the ability to meet people, socialise and have fun while trying out and pursuing activities and interests such as graffiti art, cooking, gaming and music making.

Emma Johnson, Clinical Director at St Leonard's Hospice, said "The focus here is on person-centred care. The social element is vital for young adults with life-limiting illnesses who can feel socially isolated. Meeting people, sharing information and getting the right support from professionals and peers is key to developing relationships and enhancing social skills. this can help young people feel listened to and valued"