Six Steps lead to happier end for care recipients


Staff reporter (Chester First)

BOSSES at a Chester care company are trying to improve the end-of-life care service throughout the region.

Chris and Sue Boardbent run local at-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care who specialise in care of the elderly and are aiming to improve at-home end-of-life care.

Sue, and company recruitment officer Helen Porter, recently completed a specialist end-of-life care training programme called the Six Steps programme and are amongst the first people to complete the training in this area. They were both awarded an NVQ Level 5 qualification.

The training programme is run by Cheshire Hospices Education. The programme takes the spiritual needs of the person into account as well as assessing the needs of family and professional carers.

Sue Broadbent said: “The one thing we all share in common is death. We are keen to ensure our caregivers have the most up-to-date training and for those who deliver end-of-life care, this is particularly important.

“By sharing our knowledge of the Six Steps programme, we are ensuring that our caregivers are using best practice and this is of huge benefit to them as well as their clients and their families.

“Helping to give people a good death is one of the most important things we can do. It sounds odd to say it but we only have one each so it’s important to make it a good one if we can.

“The Six Steps programme allows us to do exactly that and we’re immensely grateful to Cheshire Hospices Education for inviting us to take part.”

For more information on Home Instead Senior Care in Chester, please contact Chris or Sue Broadbent on 01244 851744.

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