Hospice at Home

The Hospice at Home team provide specialist hands-on care and support in people’s own homes or usual place of residence, when they are approaching the end of their life 

Two nurses wearing dark blue uniforms, either side of a red car outside the entrance of the Hospice

Caring for you in the place of your choice 

We know that many people would prefer to die at home, providing you feel safe, your symptoms are well managed and your family and loved ones are well supported.  Our Hospice at Home teams work closely with your GP and District Nurse to make this possible. 

Our compassionate team of healthcare assistants (HCAs) and Nurses are experts in the practicalities and complexities of end of life care and able to support you at the end of your life, to die in your own home if you wish.  

Our skilled HCAs will care for you in your home, with your loved ones and familiar things around you. 

Care when and where you need it

We are expanding our service to provide care throughout the county day and night. This will be fully available from December 2020, so please contact us if you think we can help.

We know that family carers want to be able to care for the person you love and that this can be hard: sometimes you need a break and sometimes you need support with particular care needs. This is what our teams can offer, whether you need this during the day, or at night, to give you chance to rest and carry on caring.

Having our Hospice at Home team support you with their care, skill and knowledge can help keep you at home, avoid unwanted admission to hospital and help you return home from hospital when admission has been necessary.

Our care is practical and holistic. It might involve keeping you comfortable, ensuring you have the medication you need, providing a hand massage and words of comfort. Our care is focused on you and what you need.

It was so wonderful when you and your team got involved as I was free to just be his daughter. Thank you so much for just being there, you and your team of nurses were gentle, kind and loving and we couldn't have asked for more.

November 2020

FAQ

How many people are cared for by Hospice at Home?

483 people were seen by our Hospice at Home team between April 2019 – March 2020. 

This figure will rise as we expand our Hospice at Home day time service across Cambridgeshire. 

Our team will look after your practical needs (for example washing or re-positioning you and administering prescribed medicines), as well as supporting your family, offering them a break from caring during the day or to have an uninterrupted night’s sleep.  

They help with pre- and post-bereavement practicalities and support, and can also request support from specialists in our wider team. For example, they might organise for a patient, family member or loved one to receive psychological or spiritual support, or complementary therapy.   

Part of our care ifunded through our NHS contract, and we work in partnership with the wider healthcare system, particularly District Nurses and GPs, the wider hospice team and other specialists, to support patients and families to be cared for at home, if that is their wish and it is safe to do so 

Patients are usually referred into the Hospice at Home team by healthcare professionals, including the Hospice’s Specialist Palliative Care Home Team, District Nurses, local GPs and local hospitals.

For further information, please call the team on 01223 675800

Thanks to the dedication, commitment and generosity of the local community and the hard work of our senior leadership team to secure vital contracts with the NHSall of our services are free of charge.     

It will cost £10.5 millionthis financial year to operate our services. We have currently secured £6.98 million from the NHS. meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donationsfundraising activities and trading.  

We are extremely grateful to our local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to meet this target.