The nursing service provides expert, individualised nursing care. This is offered to individuals aged eighteen years of age and over who have a life-threatening or life-limiting illness of any kind.
Many people express the wish to die at home but difficult circumstances can sometimes lead to admission to hospital or other places of care. This can cause distress to both patients and carers. Hospice at Home endeavour to provide as much nursing support as possible, especially in the last few days of the patient’s life, to avoid unwanted admission.
Nursing care can be provided over a period of hours, days, weeks or months, depending on the individual needs.
Members of the nursing team have expertise in providing palliative care which includes physical, psychological and emotional support, in the following ways:
- By supporting family members and carers to continue to care for the patient.
- By providing periods of time to enable family members and carers to have time to themselves.
- By providing nursing care at the end of life
Periods of time are provided during the day, overnight or a combination of the two.
Nursing care is delivered by Registered Nurses, Assistant Practitioners, Health Care Assistants and Volunteers.
Hospice at Home nursing care complements care provided by other services and does not replace it. When a person is referred to the Hospice at Home nursing team a member of the team will visit to introduce the service. Where this is not practical, one of the team will contact the patient, family member or carers to arrange care.