What is Hospice at Home?

Hospice at home puts the patient and those close to them first, enabling patients with advanced illness to be cared for where they feel most comfortable. Wherever possible, we believe that patients should be given a choice of where they would like to be cared for and for some individuals with a life-limiting and progressive illness that place is in their own home.

Patients should be able to choose where they are treated

For this reason, our Hospice at Home service ensures you receive the same standard of palliative care as you would receive with our in-patient service. With a series of planned and responsive visits our Hospice at Home service provides practical nursing care and advice available 24 hours a day.

Our highly trained team offer help with personal care and are able to administer and manage medication, ensuring medical, emotional and spiritual needs are met whilst also providing some respite for carers.

Allowing people to spend their last days in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, whilst also receiving the necessary care that is needed is fundamental to our service, fulfilling patient’s wishes and enabling choice.

What does the Hospice at Home service offer?

The Hospice at Home service and team provide:

  • End-of-life care to patients in their home.
  • Support with symptom control, management of distress, and spiritual, psychological and End of Life care to prevent unwanted hospital admissions. Our Hospice at Home team work with community services and other healthcare professionals to provide similar care to that which is available in the Hospice.
  • A combination of organised and responsive visits from our nurses and healthcare assistants when required. Visits are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All you need to do to receive a responsive visit is to call us at any time, day or night, when you or your loved one needs symptom control.
  • Nursing care when needed, including supporting discharge from in-patient care, periods of rapid change, or night sitting so that the patient’s carer can get a night’s sleep.
  • Emotional and psychological support for the patient and their family.
  • Advice for the patient, their family, and carers.
  • Assistance with advance care planning to record the patient’s future wishes for their care.
  • Advice on getting the best out of the patient’s health and well-being.
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How do I, or my loved one, get referred to the Hospice at Home service?

If you or a loved one would like to be referred to the Hospice at Home service, speak to your health/social care professional. This could be your GP, hospital professional or community nurse. They can then refer you to our service.

If you would like to speak to us before you request a referral, please call us on 023 9225 0001, or email info@rowanshospice.co.uk. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about our Hospice at Home service and to provide guidance if you require it on how to obtain a referral from your healthcare professional.

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What happens after myself or a loved one gets referred?

  • One of our Hospice at Home team will first review your referral and speak to other healthcare professionals to obtain information about your condition and treatment.
  • A member of the team will then be in contact to find out a bit more about your needs. They may also ask to visit you to discuss your situation and care.

What does the service cost?

The service is free to those with a life-limiting and progressive illness who require palliative and end- of-life care services in the last year of their life.

As a charity, we rely solely on donations. If you would like to make a donation to support us, please visit our donate page.

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