Care homes are an increasingly important setting for palliative and end of life care, with around 1 in 5 people in the UK spending their final days in a care home.
With the appropriate support and education, care home staff can continue to provide care which respects the wishes of residents and/or the wishes of their loved ones.
The Hospice in your Care Home team is made up of four experienced registered nurses and two health care assistants. They work in partnership with care homes to enhance the care of residents in the last few weeks and days of life with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity.
Hospice staff have extensive experience in palliative and end of life care. One of our aims as an organisation is to share our skills in order to ensure as many people as possible in the Wigan and Leigh area can benefit from our expertise.
In March 2019 our conference Living and Dying Well in a Care Home takes place at Leigh Sports Village, Greater Manchester.
Chaired by Tracey Bleakley, CEO of Hospice UK, the conference will explore innovations in care homes and highlight recommendations to ensure residents live the best life possible.
Speakers include author Dr Peter Fenwick, an expert on end-of-life phenomena.
Please see our section on the conference for further details and a booking form.
Where is the service available?
The hospice is currently working with 11 of the 21 nursing homes in Wigan Borough:
- Appleby Court Nursing Home
- Ashton View Care Home
- Belong Atherton
- Dean Wood Manor
- Richmond House
- St George's Nursing home
- Rosebridge Court
- Shawcross Care Home
- Westleigh Lodge Care Home
- High Peak Lodge
- Westwood Lodge
It is hoped that the team will extend its service to all nursing homes across the borough in the future.
What does the service hope to achieve?
Hospice In Your Care Home are a regular presence in the homes working closely with nursing home staff to promote training based upon the most up-to-date research available and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide sensitive, timely and compassionate end of life care.
Additionally, the team wants to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions made in the last few days of life by providing dedicated support and basic training in palliative and end of life care.
Please see the external review of Hospice In Your Care Home completed by Lancaster University.
What do we offer?
- Support so care home staff can understand the principles of palliative and end of life care and integrate these into their everyday routine.
- A formal education programme and training delivered through small group teaching sessions or working with care home staff on a one-to-one basis. This includes practical training in clinical skills.
- A regular presence in care homes and additional support at short notice if a care home feels they need it when caring for a dying patient.
- Working with care homes on how to communicate in difficult or distressing situations, such as establishing their residents' preferences and wishes and developing a plan to achieve these (known as Advance Care Planning). This might include talking to GPs, hospital teams and other professionals to ensure all those involved in their care understand the resident's wishes for their end of life care.
- Additional support for those important to the person who is dying.
Who is in charge of the resident's care?
The Care Home has overall responsibility for the care delivered.
Is there a charge for this service?
The hospice is a registered charity, largely supported by voluntary funding, and all our services are provided at no cost to our service users.
When is the team available?
The team works Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm although there is some flexibility with these times if a specific need is identified.
Our Hospice In Your Care Home Awards
An awards ceremony is held in October every year when the hard work of care home staff both clinical and non-clinical is recognised and celebrated.
If you work in one of the nursing homes we are currently engaged with you will be able to buy a ticket for this event.