Deana Ayliffe has been attending our day therapy centre for around 6 months, and looks forward to her Monday visits, but it hasn’t always been this way.
“When I was first referred to Compton, I felt really scared and out of place. I thought ‘I know I’m dying, but not right now’, and so didn’t think that the day therapies centre would be for me, but I’m so glad I gave it a go.”
After being visited in the community by our nurses, Deana decided to give the day therapies a try, and now says of the service:
“It’s changed my life. Everybody here is an angel. That’s the only way that I can think to describe them. From the volunteers and the support teams to the nurses and the chefs, they’re all angels.
“They’ve helped me with planning for the future too and I’ve also had reiki and massages from the complementary therapies team, and Compton don’t just help me, I know that they’re there for my family too.”
With the recent launch of our new strategy and visual identity, stories like Deana’s further emphasise the need for removing fear, and breaking down barriers to service access. At Compton, we truly believe that supporting patients sooner enables them to live better lives, and Deana’s words only confirm this.
“When Compton was first mentioned, it was scary, but it’s the best possible place. I’ve always supported them, but it’s only since accessing their care that I really understand what they’re about. I’m so glad to have met all of the amazing people here, and I want to tell anybody that is referred to give it a go, there’s not a soul that they couldn’t help.
“Everyone takes something away from Compton, they’ve changed my life, and I want to shout that from the rooftops!”