Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home is a free service for people with an advanced, life limiting illness who choose to be cared for in their own home.
Hospice at Home is a countywide service, operating 7 days a week. Care is provided by a team of experienced specialist registered nurses and healthcare support workers. All care is planned with the person and their relatives/carers working closely alongside Community Nurses teams (District Nursing), GP’s and others providing care, to ensure that we are able to meet the person’s needs.
As well as providing personal care for the person a major part of our role is to manage symptoms, advise and support the person, family, carer and other care providers.
The essence of our Hospice at Home service is to provide care that embraces not only physical needs but also emotional, social and spiritual support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Referrals to the Hospice at Home Team can be made through your Community Nurse, GP, Specialist Nurse and other healthcare professional. If you feel that you may require this service please discuss your needs with one of these staff.
When a referral is received a member of the Team will contact you to arrange a convenient time for a registered nurse to visit. As part of the visit the nurse will assess, with you and your family, what your needs are to enable you to remain at home. The assessment will focus on your physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. This will also include the needs of your family/carers. A plan of care will then be agreed with you and your family
We can also support you to develop a plan for your future care choices. This is sometimes known as an Advance Care Plan.
Your care will be delivered by registered nurses and healthcare support workers alongside your Community Nursing Team (District Nurses) and GP. The period of care will begin at first contact with regular review.
The amount of care that we provide may go up or down depending upon your assessed needs and personal circumstances. Any changes will always be discussed with you and your family.
Where possible we will support you to remain at home for as long as it is safe for you to do so. We can support you to develop a plan for your future care choices. This is sometimes known as an Advance Care Plan.