Support Every Step Of The Way - The Directory Group

Support every step of the way

At The Directory Group, we believe that we have a key role to play in supporting charitable causes at the heart of community life.

In 2016, we will be supporting three local ‘chosen charities’ throughout the year, by hosting fundraising events, improving awareness and getting actively involved in helping each cause.

The Rowans Hospice, based in Purbrook, is dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire, guiding patients and those closest to them through the journey of their illness, and supporting them every step of the way. 

The charity’s Community Care team provides expert care in homes, nursing homes and in hospitals. When a patient’s symptoms become too complex to be treated at home they can be admitted for 24 hour in-patient care in one of the hospice’s 19 en-suite bedrooms. 

Spending the day with Rowans, either at The Heath Centre or in day care, enables patients to socialise with others in a similar situation, relax with a complementary therapy and enjoy a lovely lunch, and all the hospice’s services extend support for carers.

The Rowans Hospice at Home service aims to offer additional support at this crucial time in people’s lives to enable them to stay at home and receive high quality end-of-life care. The service is available 365 days a year and offers patients and carers access to specialist advice and nursing visits on a 24-hour basis.

For people of religious faith or no faith, the Rowans Hospice chaplain is on-hand to provide spiritual care. When emotional support is needed, the charity offers counselling through bereavement and psychology services. Children and young people are supported through the Rowan's Meerkat Service. 

When financial help is needed to cope with the extra costs of long-term illness, the hospice offers benefits advice through the social work team, and when physical help is needed, the physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams advise on exercise, relaxation techniques and medical equipment. 

Ruth White, Chief Executive of The Rowans Hospice, said: “Our overarching aim is to help those who are affected by life-limiting illness to access and receive appropriate care to enable them to live well and optimise their quality of life. Care is extended to families and friends and everyone is treated with dignity and respect; caring for the ‘whole’ person through physical, practical and emotional support.”

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The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley