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Hospice Care

 

Hospice Care

The aim of hospice care is to improve the lives of people who have an incurable illness. Our Hospice provide care for people from the point at which their illness is diagnosed as terminal, to the end of their life, however long that may be. Looking after your health and wellbeing is important when you are living with a terminal (life-limiting) condition.

It doesn't mean hospice care needs to be continuous. People sometimes like to take a break from hospice care if their condition has become stable and they are feeling well.

Our Hospice care places a high value on dignity, respect, and the wishes of the person who is ill, and aims to look after all their needs. Care also extends to those people who are close to the patient, and into the bereavement period after the patient has died.

Our Hospice teams include doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors and trained volunteers. Our Hospices aim to feel more like a home than hospitals do. They can provide individual care more suited to the person who is approaching the end of life, in a gentler and calmer atmosphere than a hospital.

 

When does hospice care start?

Some people think that you only have hospice care when you are dying, but this is not true. A hospice palliative care team might help control symptoms such as pain or breathlessness early on in your illness, with you staying at the hospice for a few days before going home again.

What does our hospice care cover?

We offer medical and nursing care, including controlling pain and other symptoms.
It may also offer:

  • physiotherapy
  • occupational therapy
  • complementary therapies, such as massage
  • rehabilitation (helping you build up your health and strength, such as through exercise)
  • respite care (giving your carers a break from caring for a while)
  • information about financial and other practical issues
  • bereavement care
  • spiritual and psychological help

Planning ahead for the end of life

If you have a terminal illness, or are approaching the end of your life, it may be a good idea to make plans for your future care. Planning ahead in this way is sometimes called "advance care planning", and involves thinking and talking about your wishes for how you are cared for in the final months of your life. People usually carry out advance planning because they have a condition that is expected to get worse, which may mean they will not be able to make or communicate their decisions in the future.

Anyone can plan for their future care, whether they are approaching the end of life or not. Advance care planning can let people know your wishes and feelings while you're still able to.

Planning ahead can help your partner or relatives when you are nearing the end of life.