Fiona’s mum, Elizabeth, had suspected ovarian cancer which spread to her liver. Her initial prognosis in 2015 was just six to nine months, but she defied the odds and lived independently in her little cottage for another two-and-a-half years, supported for the last 12 months by regular visits from Rennie Grove’s Healthcare Assistants.
“They helped Mum to have a bath every Monday: she really looked forward to it; I think it was genuinely the highlight of her week. And when she became too weak to go to the hairdresser’s, Healthcare Assistants Lynne or Hannah would wash her hair for her at home then set it in curlers the way she liked it.
“Practical help is so important – it’s what people really need when they’re faced with a diagnosis like Mum’s. Cancer can leave people so exhausted and the help from the Healthcare Assistants meant she could preserve the little energy she had to enjoy life.
“It was a huge weight off my mind too. I knew that really kind, lovely and experienced carers were with her at least one day each week and it gave me the peace of mind to focus on other things without worrying for those few precious hours.
“When I did see them in action, I was always amazed at how un-rushed and relaxed they were. Most of us rush about in our jobs but they made sure everything was just right for mum and that she never, ever felt rushed.
“That is worth its weight in gold and - as far as I’m concerned - the more Healthcare Assistants Rennie Grove can employ the better! Lynne and Hannah were very special to Mum and they had a huge impact on all our lives for that year or so. Lynne was with Mum the day before she died so I know she was clean and comfortable and peaceful. She and Hannah even came to Mum’s funeral in early 2018; testament to their caring nature and the strong rapport they’d built with Mum.”