When faced with a life-limiting illness many people prefer to be cared for in their own homes where everything feels familiar and safe.
The initial project was entirely funded and supported by the Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust, and has proved very popular within the community. Hospice at Home enables patients with advanced disease to be cared for at home and to die at home if this is their preference. The aim of this service is to bring the benefits of hospice care to people in their own homes.
We work very closely with the patients GP, Macmillan nurse and community nurse. However, none of these services are available overnight, and a problem at 11am may be easily resolved but at 11pm a crisis can quickly occur without appropriate support.
Hospice at Home runs from the Hospice overnight between 10pm and 8am. The Hospice at Home team provide the peace of mind that a trained nurse can attend at night, should this be required. Patients are referred to the service by their General Practitioner, Macmillan or community nurse.
Care may be provided to prevent admission, or to facilitate a discharge from Hospice or home. Often Hospice at Home is used for crisis management of patients with complex symptoms, who are fast approaching the end of their life. We have a rapid response service which aims to get to patients within 30 minutes and more often than not in about 20 minutes. A registered nurse is able to assess and treat often complex and distressing symptoms in patients in their own home. This prevents a call to the emergency services or 111 and so prevents unnecessary, inappropriate and often distressing admissions into accident and emergency departments.
Hospice at Home can also offer a respite night for families who may be struggling at home due to fatigue.
Hospice at Home offers immediate support and guidance to families at a very distressing time for them.