All aboard

Even though Dorothy House is recognised as a Hospice, we aim to care for people where they feel most comfortable. That means 80% of the care we give is in people’s own homes.

Wherever you call home, we do our best to keep you there. This is Jacqui’s story:

My journey with Dorothy House began as a referral from my GP.

Struggling with my situation and trying to deal with cancer, my first thought was, ‘I’m not that bad!’, but he explained what was on offer, and I realised that I did need them. I admit I was worried going to Winsley; worried it would be a sad, depressing place and you would be surrounded by death and dying. I was wrong. There is so much laughter and life within the walls.

I have used many of the services offered by Dorothy House – mostly I have Bowen Therapy , but I have also had Hydrotherapy, Physiotherapy and support from Occupational Therapy. I have my own nurse specialist who visits me on my boat, and they have helped me with practical concerns such as re-applying for benefits and the things that I don’t want to have to deal with but have to be sorted. I find that I just have too much going on, my brain just can’t handle it: I want to get on with living! For example, I was having a problem with my boat mooring: Dorothy House stepped in and the social work team got me exactly what I needed without me having to deal with the stress of it.

Dorothy House is amazing, it has made such a difference to me, knowing I have access to the team is so reassuring and a real comfort.