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Tiz joined the Therapy Team 20 months ago. When she’s not busy supporting the team and running gym sessions and gardening groups for patients, she likes to unwind by walking her dog and spending time with her grandchildren on the beach.
As well as supporting people in their homes throughout the pandemic, recently Tiz has been enjoying welcoming more patients back to the hospice who previously had to self-isolate.
“From the outset of the pandemic, I kept in regular contact with patients who were self-isolating by phone,” says Tiz. “Now, with support from myself and the team, they are enjoying coming back to one to one gym sessions I run in the gym.”
“A lot of the patients hadn’t left their front doors for months, so were understandably a bit unsure about coming to the hospice. But, once they saw a familiar face in PPE and the open space we work in, I could sense their relief and they just wanted to keep coming back.
“Whilst I’m not able to run group exercise classes at the moment, the one on one gym and physio sessions are helping people to maintain mobility, strength and independence during this challenging time.”
Tiz works closely with doctors and nurses, both at the hospice and out in the community, and also links up with the family services and pastoral care team to ensure that patients and their families can live life as fully as possible, for the time they have left together.
Here, Tiz describes how she and the team helped a patient staying at the hospice achieve her wish of visiting the sea one last time.
“During this lady’s stay on the ward, she told us how much she missed walking along the beach with her husband and friends, and how they would often stop to enjoy tea and cake together.
“Unfortunately, she was very weak by this stage, and thinking she would never get into a car and go to the sea she became a little upset and said, ‘that’s life’. But, little did she know that the Occupational Therapist and myself had arranged transport to take her and her stand aid to the beach at Goring where her husband was waiting.
“We waited for a sunny day and she was overjoyed. Not only did she see the sea, but we also all shared tea and cake outside the beach café. The smile on her face will stay with me forever.”