Pastoral Care / Life Limiting Conditions

When a person is diagnosed with a life limiting condition, they and their carers may struggle to make sense of what is happening to them. Often a person can become socially as well as physically isolated.  Good pastoral care can help calm these troubled waters and give a sense of calm and inclusion.

At Hospice Hope pastoral care consists of:

  • A listening, sympathetic ear
  • Confidentiality
  • Non-judgemental acceptance
  • A general feeling of support for the person with the life limiting condition and their carer

We aim to achieve this through:

  • Having an ‘open door’ policy at our four weekly drop-in Support Cafés in North West Leicestershire
  • Having a straight forward referral policy for Hope House, Griffydam, which offers day care on Mondays and Thursdays for people with the life limiting condition, thus allowing carers to take a well-earned break
  • Offering warm, homely environments, far removed from the hustle and bustle of hospitals
  • Our dedicated team of experienced volunteers, who are there to listen, not judge
  • By offering relaxing complementary therapies and activities
  • Encouraging a friendly atmosphere between people experiencing similar situations, to promote mutual support

Our definition of a life limiting condition is:

A life limiting condition is a term used to describe an incurable illness that will shorten a person’s life, though they may continue to live active lives for many years. There is a wide range of life limiting conditions, including heart failure, lung disease, neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer that is no longer responding to treatment intended to cure.