We are visiting patients in the community only when essential. All patients will be telephoned before appointments to check that they do not have Coronavirus or the symptoms.
It is vital for safety reasons that when our nurses do visit a patient that only one other person is in the same room as the patient and social distancing regulations are followed at all times. Anyone else living in the household should stay in a separate room for the duration of the visit.
When we visit, we may be wearing PPE, which includes a mask covering our nose and mouth alongside a plastic apron and gloves. We may sometimes need to wear a face visor.
At the end of our visit, we will place the disposable PPE in a plastic rubbish bag, tied securely and left with your household to store it separately from other waste for 72 hours before disposal in your external non-recyclable household black bag waste.
We believe that hospice care for the residents of Wigan and Leigh should extend beyond the hospice building.
Our Hospice in your Home service has been developed to provide care for people in their own homes.
Our aim is to offer support additional to that being provided by other health and social care providers.
We will achieve this by delivering an extra layer of care and support focussed on meeting the unique needs of our patients and their families or carers.
Supporting patients to stay at home
The team is made up of Qualified Nurses and Healthcare Assistants who support patients in their own homes. The team is able to offer:
- Hands-on practical support which can include assistance with personal care depending on individual need. Light snacks and drinks can be prepared.
- Emotional support for our patients, their families and carers.
- Carer breaks of variable duration based on individual need and service availability.
- Overnight care from 10pm until 7am provided by an experienced Healthcare Assistant.
Referral to Hospice In Your Home
Patients must be referred to Hospice In Your Home by their District Nurse, GP, Hospice Nurse Specialist or other Health Care Professional. Find out more about Referrals.
Schedule of visits
Once referred to the service a member of the team will visit the patient in their home to discuss how the service could help and to agree the times and frequency of visits. Overall responsibility for the care of the patient will remain with the patient's GP and District Nurse.
Volunteer Companionship Service (not currently operating due to Coronavirus)
We have a team of trained volunteers who are able to offer a companionship service to patients. Referral is as above. Patients who are known to Hospice in your Home may be offered a volunteer visiting depending on their circumstances.
How much does the service cost?
The hospice is a registered charity and all services are provided at no cost to you.
Hospice In Your Home is a member of the National Association for Hospice at Home