Senior Sister Suzanne Fairbairn has started creating ‘comfort baskets’ for relatives of End of Life Care patients at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The creation of the baskets came as a result of Suzanne, who has worked at the Trust for 14 years, wanting to offer care and support to relatives of patients. The baskets are free to use and provide a range of items which can help to ease relatives’ minds while they are staying with their loved one.
The baskets can contain a variety of products such as toiletries, an eye mask, bed socks and ear plugs along with home comforts such as coffee, biscuits, puzzle books and a notepad to write down any ideas or thoughts. Massage oils and hand creams are also included which relatives can use for interaction, and all are designed to make a stay more comfortable.
The baskets are able to be made through the use of the ward’s fund. Suzanne explains; “Most of that funding has been provided by previous patients so it’s nice to put that money back into End of Life Care. The response so far has been very receptive.”
The ribbon and cellophane used to decorate the baskets have been kindly donated by a florist.
Even though it is early days, there are already plans to carry on experimenting with the baskets to look at more ways to make the difficult journey for relatives less stressful. The development is all part of the Trust’s ongoing commitment to improving End of Life Care.