Proud to make a difference – Lorretta

Lorretta felt a connection to Dorothy House Hospice Care after her father passed away at Winsley's In-Patient Unit two years ago. Searching for a more rewarding role, Lorretta applied to be a Hospice at Home carer to give something back to Dorothy House, and to support patients the way Dorothy House had done for her father.

I wanted to give something back to Dorothy House

'Previously I had been caring for someone with mobility issues but I was looking for a role where I could be proud to make a difference. I had no experience of palliative care before working at Dorothy House and have now been working here for nearly a year.

My father passed away at Dorothy House a couple of years ago and I felt the way they supported both him and myself allowed him to have a good death. He was very happy for the week he was here. So when I saw the vacancy I felt a connection and knew it would be rewarding and I’d be able to give back something and support families and patients the way they had done for my dad and I.'

A rewarding role with lots of support

'Every day is different; it’s a very varied role. The training is in-depth and gave me the confidence I needed to go out into the community and support families and patients.

It’s a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding role, not only supporting and caring for patients, but their families too. Often the patient is more concerned about their family struggling and it reassures and gives them comfort to know they’re also receiving support.'