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Hospice at Home

"To provide support for patients and their loved ones, for a dignified end to life - patients deserve no less, this service could do no more."
Andrew Caswell, Cancer Voices Lead, Northamptonshire Cancer Partnership Operating from within Cransley Hospice, Hospice@Home is a new service, funded by Northamptonshire Teaching Primary Care Trust.

The service was first started in July 2004 with the aim of caring for patients who wish to be in their own home at the end stage of their illness.

The Hospice@Home Team work in conjunction with other professionals - Marie Curie nurses, District Nurses and GP's. Although, the patient's District Nurse remains responsible for the overall care at all times.

Hospice@Home nurses provide care for up to 8 hours at a time in patients' own homes (operates Countywide). This care includes supporting the family as well as the patient themselves.

Here are some comments from relatives about the Hospice@Home service:

It was fathers wish to remain at home until the end and Hospice @ Home allowed this to happen. Not having any real experience of caring for someone, I felt very much out of my depth at times and it wad therefore a great comfort and relief when the Hospice @ Home nurses came. My father was in very capable hands. All the nurses were extremely professional. And whilst they were primarily here for my father, they were a great support to me also."

"It enabled my husband to be at home during his illness. He desperately did not want to go into hospital. They were also a great help and comfort to me as his condition got worse, and the fact there was someone to talk to when I needed to."

"They asked what you wanted them to do which made me feel I was still in control. I want to say all the carers were great especially the one who was there when my husband passed away, I can't thank him enough."

"Excellent support for both the patient and family enabling us to feel confident in our caring role as well as receiving caring and sympathetic advise. Allowing the patient to be where they wished whilst the family knew they were well supported."

"The friendliness, warmth and consideration shown at all times. Your service provided what was very much needed at a difficult time. Thanks"