In 1986 the initial idea of ‘Terminal Care in Rossendale’ was conceived. Charitable status was granted for Rossendale Hospice and homecare was operational by 1988. During 1990, the first Nurse-in-Charge was appointed and worked 13 hours over two days. An open day was held to raise awareness of the new services to local people in the valley.
By 1991 the official opening of ‘The Bungalow’ which housed the Day Care facilities was a key milestone for Rossendale Hospice. This year was also the start of trialling non cancer patients, which became permanent and currently stands today. Later that year, Rossendale Hospice launched a monthly bereavement group to support patients and their families.
Day Care services were operating well and increased to 4 days a week by 1992. Our nursing team increased to 3 members of staff. The following year, Christie’s Manchester acknowledged the Day Care Unit as a centre of excellence.
Our first vehicle was donated to the hospice in 1995 - this was the start of being able to offer transport to patients. Two volunteer’s drivers were recruited to help. With a National Lottery Grant in 1995, complementary therapies commenced. A Reflexologist attended one morning per week allowng patients to get control over some of their symptoms. Therapies then extended to include Reiki and aromatherapy daily and some hypnotherapy.