Read some stories below about how Home From Hospital Care Volunteers have helped people in need…..

  • Stroke Victim

    Stroke is a sudden and devastating illness that occurs due to problems with the blood supply to the brain; either the blood supply is blocked or the blood within the brain is ruptured causing the brain tissue to die.  This can cause overwhelming life changes in one’s life, however many people are unaware of its widespread impact.   Mr. B has suffered a major stroke and is unable to live at home due to damage done to his property that has left a large hole in his roof. My colleague and I [...]
  • Thank You

    Home from Hospital Referral – October 2016  Subject: thank you Just wanted to thank you and your team  for the wonderful befriending support you provide… and its free I made a referral to yoursleves for a Mr C 14/10/16. I contacted Mrs C 21/10/2016 who is thrilled with the befriender E (volunteer), who is sitting with D Tuesdays 11-1pm and Thursday evening 7-9pm so that B can go out shopping and swimming. Thank you for the speedy response, I has made such a difference to Mr [...]
  • Emergency Contact

    As a volunteer I have often given people my personal telephone number to re-assure patients if on their own, that they have someone to call.    Little did I realise just how important this simple act was. I got a call from a very frantic elderly lady who was on holiday in Torquay with a lady I had worked with.   She had collapsed in the street and an ambulance had been called, she rang me as my card was in the ladies purse. I was able to give the ambulance driver a list of her [...]
  • New Kitten!

    G was a child abused by both his parents, he was taken into care at the age of 8 years, lived in a children’s home until the age of 16 when he went to agricultural college. G has never married, he says he was frightened a wife might turn into the sort of woman his mother was, and has lived his whole life alone. The HFHC co-ordinator first met G in hospital when delivering a food parcel for him to take home on discharge. On that first meeting G talked of his beloved cat which had recently [...]
  • Improved Confidence

    The client was a 90 year old lady who had a fall and broke her wrist whilst visiting her 93 year old sister in a nursing home. She was also suffering from Macular Degeneration. The client was previously very independent but lost her confidence and was very emotional following the fall. The volunteer visited her and sorted out her paperwork for her, put them into polypockets and labelled them in big letters so that she could find them. She also arranged for the bills to be paid by direct [...]
  • Help with finances

    A volunteer visited a lady aged 85 who had been admitted to hospital with shortness of breath and needed help with shopping and paying bills. A food parcel was delivered to her on the ward prior to her discharge and the volunteer visited soon after. The volunteer paid her bills for her and tried to encourage her to set up direct debits but she was reluctant to do this. It was decided that after the visits came to an end the client would take a taxi to the post office to get her money and [...]
  • Help with Family Funeral

    A 77 year old man suffering from Parkinson’s Disease was in hospital when his wife died. The family asked if it would be possible for someone to accompany him to the funeral and the wake. I met the patient on the ward and agreed to accompany him. The hospital provided a wheelchair for the day. The family provided a taxi from the hospital; we then went to his home and followed the hearse to the crematorium. Following the funeral, I left the patient with his family and returned to the [...]
  • Signposting To Other Agencies

    A young lady aged 26 had been involved in a car accident. During her stay in hospital she became homeless as she was not able to access her accommodation which was on the third floor. As she was a warehouse operative she was also not able to return to work. The charity was asked to provide a befriending service, help with shopping and signposting to agencies. The volunteer took the client back to her old address to collect her belongings and escorted her to her hospital appointments. She [...]
  • Hospital Visits

    The family of a 91 year old man were concerned as he had been admitted to hospital with a broken hip; he was also suffering from cataracts and mild dementia. The client’s wife had died the previous year and he was missing her a great deal. Whist in hospital, the client had several episodes of entering a catatonic state and staff had difficulty arousing him. His son telephoned Home from Hospital asking if it would be possible to visit his father on the ward and chat to him in an effort to [...]
  • New Washing Machine Needed!

    A volunteer visited to do shopping for a couple. The husband aged 77 had been admitted to hospital following a blackout. Both he and his wife were very frail and although he had been driving before he went into hospital he had lost confidence since his discharge. The volunteer did the shopping and found out that the client did all their washing by hand; she took their clothes to the launderette for them. After a few weeks they decided that it was time to get a washing machine. As the client [...]