Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

How can we help you?

We've put together some commonly asked questions to give you more information about Weldmar and the services we offer.

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Weldmar at Home

Weldmar at Home provides hands on care to patients with very advanced illness, in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home.

The aim of Weldmar at Home is to help people remain comfortable, as well as assisting and supporting those important to you.

The care provided by Weldmar at Home will vary from patient to patient, to fit in with their needs and requirements.

Some people tell us that they value care overnight so that their family can rest. Others tell us that they would like a little bit of help during the day for example with washing, dressing or changing the bed sheets.

Some people want short visits of up to an hour while others find longer visits more helpful. Each care plan is individual to the person receiving it. We cannot do domestic chores such as housework or shopping, but we can try to identify services that can help with this.

Just like all of our services, the Weldmar at Home care is provided completely free of charge.

Common Questions

What care does Weldmar at Home provide?

The care provided by Weldmar at Home will vary from patient to patient, to fit in with their needs and requirements. Some people tell us that they value care overnight so that their family can rest. Others tell us that they would like a little bit of help during the day for example with washing, dressing or changing the bed sheets. We don’t do domestic chores such as housework or shopping, but can be there to be with the patient whilst other family members do those chores, if needed.

Do I need to be an existing Weldmar patient in order to be referred to Weldmar at Home?

Usually, patients that are seen at home by a member of the Weldmar at Home team will be known to us, most often having been referred earlier and seen at home by a Weldmar Community Nurse.  However, we are absolutely committed to ensuring that care can be provided in the home to anyone who has a wish to die in their familiar and comfortable surroundings, so a referral may come to us for patients who, for example, are about to leave hospital without a package of care being in place.

How often will I see a member of the Weldmar at Home team?

As with all of our services, the care that our Weldmar at Home team provides is very much as individual as you are.  That means we assess what you need and how Weldmar at Home can help, and then see you as often as necessary. This could be either a couple of times a day, a couple of times a week, or somewhere in between.

How long will each Weldmar at Home visit be?

This really depends on your needs at the time. The minimum amount of time a member of the Weldmer at Home team will spend with you is about sixty minutes, but they could be with you for a number of hours if required.

Will my family also be supported by Weldmar at Home?

Yes. The care provided in the home by a member of the Weldmar at Home team is, of course, for the patient, but they are also there to listen to any concerns or worries from loved ones, and answer any questions. If necessary, family members and loved ones can be referred to our Family Support Services team.

Will I always see the same member of the Weldmar at Home team?

It’s likely that you will see more than one of us during the time of your care.  We are a small team, and you may see two or three of us depending on how long you’re being supported by the service, but it’s certainly not a case of someone new every time.  We have put together a small pack so that you can get to know the different members of the team.

How long will I be able to use the Weldmar at Home service?

This really depends on your situation. As with all of our services, we put together an individualised plan based on your needs, and any other packages of care that are available. Even if the care moves to another provider, Weldmar will still be involved in your care at home through your Weldmar Community Nurse.

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“The whole response of the Weldmar at Home team has been outstanding, from the first contact to the latest phone call to find out my needs.

They have sorted out all my medication, and I have been given the care without stinting.

Nothing has been too much trouble.”

 

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“When she was alive, she expressed to me that the Weldmar at Home team were wonderful. 

She told me they were very kind and gentle. 

I have spoken with her husband and sister today, and they both expressed that they could not speak highly enough of the Weldmar at Home team.”


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