Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home Service
When Hospice at Home was first launched in 2004, its mission was to provide end of life care to cancer patients who lived within the Northampton area. Set up with just a team of ten, over a decade later this small service comprising of nine qualified nurses and one administrator, is today not only providing end of life care to cancer patients across the county, but also to people with a complete range of complex needs and life threatening illnesses from dementia and heart failure through to Motor Neurone Disease.
The Hospice at Home Service provides high quality end of life care to patients and families, enabling patients to remain in their home to die when that is their preference. This service is currently provided by Registered Nurses for the last 14 days of life as far as this can be anticipated.
The Aims of the service are:
- To provide people with the choice to remain in their home during the last two weeks of life.
- Improve the qualiity of care for patients and their carers through increased provision of apporopriately trained palliative care clinical staff.
- This includes practical and emotional support as well as management of pain and other symptoms.
- Where possible, to prevent admission to an inpatient unit by supporting the patient and their carers within the home at a point of crisis.
- To facilitate discharge home from a community hospital or hospice by providing high quality nursing support to the Community Nursing service.
- To provide care by qualified nurses, over a 24 hr period, 7 days a week, as identified by patient/carer need.
Referrals for Hospice at Home Team usually come via a District Nurse, GP, Hospice and Hospital Staff. The Hospice at Home Team work closely with the patients GP, Community Nursing and Care Home Teams to support patients in their own homes.
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 was 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"