The Hospice@Home team aims to offer general hands on nursing care for patients requiring end of life care in their own homes.
Hospice@Home provides support by placing Health Care Assistants experienced in community work and trained in palliative care into the homes of patients who want to remain in familiar and comforting surroundings during the later stages of their illness. Those benefiting from Hospice@Home are often elderly and highly vulnerable members of our community.
The service was developed to enable patients to have a realistic choice of where they are cared for, whether this is to facilitate a death at home, enable a patient to stay at home for as long as possible, reduce admissions to acute or hospice settings or to provide respite for family carers.
The service aims to:
- Provide homecare for patients who are terminally ill;
- Provide emergency respite;
- Prevent unnecessary admission to Hospital/Hospice;
- Support early discharge from Hospital/Hospice.
Hospice@Home is tailored to the need of the patient and can provide a minimum of four hour blocks of care through to being able to deliver twenty four hour care in the terminal phase of a patient's illness. Care is usually provided for up to two weeks.
Our carers assist with all aspects of personal care from bathing and preparing meals to escorting patients to appointments for treatments such as chemotherapy or easing patients' discharge from hospital to their homes. Another important part of the service is to lessen the strain for family members who are caring for the patient.
We provide Hospice@Home for patients registered with a GP belonging to Kensington & Chelsea, Brent and Westminster PCTs.