Hospice Care

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When a family member of friend becomes ill with an incurable illness it can be difficult to know what to do or how best to care for them. Hospices have been running for many years and provide high quality care, ensuring each patient lives their final days in comfort. Find out more about what hospices can offer patients and how you can take advantage of these services.

What is a Hospice?

Hospices are independent of hospitals and aim to improve the lives of patients in a setting of their choice, whether this be in the hospice or in their own homes.

The care they provide concentrates on dignity and respect and can provide a more tailored and considered approach than a hospital can provide.

Additionally, with care taking place in a more comfortable environment, patients feel better settled and are more willing to accept help and support.

Who can use them?

It is often considered that a hospice is a place where you come to die. However people who are suffering from an incurable illness can benefit by coming in for a short period of time to help manage their symptoms and build their strength.
The hospice also supports their families.

What is on offer?

Different hospices offer different services and this includes physiotherapy, complementary therapies, rehabilitation and physiological help, respite and bereavement support for carers and families can also be provided.

If you think you might be suitable to use hospice services, you should discuss this with your doctor, nurse or social care professional who can get advice about referring you.

Who pays?

Hospice care is free of charge but rely on the generosity of local people to raise the funds that are needed to run their services.

St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow need to raise £3 million each year and receive less that 30% funding from the government. You will need to be referred by your doctor or nurse but places are limited.

Where is my local hospice?

You can find your local hospice by visiting the NHS End of Life Hospice Services search to find all the support available in your area.

Can I help?

Hospices are often looking for support whether it is through making a donation, volunteering, taking part in an event, donating goods to their charity shops, through employment or charity appeals.
St Luke's Hospice in Harrow for example is appealing for donations to expand their services.

There are lots of opportunities available depending on how you can help.

Hospices

Hospices are vital services run by dedicated health professionals and can be a huge benefit and help to carers and patients alike:

“My advice to anyone who is unsure about hospice care is to talk to the professionals about what the hospice can offer.” St Luke’s Hospice Harrow Patient

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Every day thousands of people are struggling with an incurable illness. With your support, St Luke's Hospice can strengthen the lives of local people by providing care.

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author avatar Mariah
21st Jul 2014 (#)

An accurate and inspiring account of the great work the staff in hospices carry out, the services and care provided to patients and their families can only be described as priceless, God Bless all who participate in any and all ways of providing this.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

We have used the services of hospice on several occasions They treat the patients with such dignity, care and compassion.

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