Hospices care for the needs of people living with a life limiting or incurable condition, supporting them with dignity and respect and helping to improve their quality of life.
Support is available for patients and those loved ones around them who are trying to cope with a difficult situation. Hospice care can be provided in patients’ own homes, day centres, hospice buildings and other settings.
Hospice care is free of charge, but hospices only receive limited statutory funding, which is why fundraising is so important to help them continue to providing care for people who need their services.
There are many reasons why someone may need hospice care. Some people go into a hospice for a few days to help manage their symptoms and then go home again. Sometimes patients go into a hospice so their loved one or carer can have a short break from looking after them.
Hospice care is holistic, which means the whole person is looked after. Many hospices provide services such as:
- Medical help for the condition, symptoms and pain
- Rehabilitation to help the patient remain as independent as possible
- Complementary therapy to help manage symptoms and control pain, and to promote well-being
- Emotional and psychological support to help patients and loved ones cope with their situation
- Practical support such as financial or funeral planning advice
- Social support from people going through similar situations
- Spiritual care, including faith or belief
Click the Hospices tab to find out about the hospices we raise funds for and how to contact them.