The aim of Hospice @ Home
The team provides specialist hands-on nursing care and support to patients who want to remain at home in the last few weeks of their life. We work in partnership with GPs, District Nurses and MacMillan Nurses to provide this care. This service can be offered if it is appropriate, if you:
are approaching the end of life and would prefer to die at home;
are having difficulties at home and do not wish to be admitted to hospital or the Hospice;
are waiting for admission to a Hospice bed for symptom management or end of life care;
Who is responsible for your Hospice@Home care?
wish to be discharged from the hospital or Hospice to be cared for and die at home.
Hospice@Home does not replace the support that your primary care team are giving you. We work very closely with your GP or Consultant, District Nurse or Community Specialist Nurse to support an overall package of care for you at home.
Our Hospice@Home team is made up of experienced registered nurses and carers who are supported by a Senior Sister. All our staff have hospice or palliative care expertise and have completed training so they have the required skills to support you at home.
What to expect
When you are referred to us, we will contact you and your family or carer to make an appointment for one of our registered nurses to visit you at a time that is convenient. When we first visit, we will talk to you and your family or carer about your illness and what support you require. We will also speak to the other professionals involved in your care to discuss how best we can help, and agree with you what support and care you require at home.
Your District Nurse and/or GP are directly responsible for your care at home and our involvement is to support the care the primary care team provides. If for any reason you wish to contact us regarding our input into your care you can do so at any time by telephoning St Leonard's Hospice on 01904 708553
and ask to speak to a member of the Hospice@Home team.