Hospice service marks first anniversary

14 November 2014

A SERVICE providing care at home for people with life-limiting illnesses is marking its one year anniversary.

Hospice service

Wigan and Leigh Hospice launched Hospice In Your Home in November 2013 with a team of 14 registered nurses and health care assistants to deliver support 24/7 to people approaching the end of their lives who wanted to be cared for at home.

In its first year of operation the team have cared for 270 patients and 1,842 visits have been made to patients in their own homes throughout Wigan and Leigh. This includes 306 overnight stays arranged to give families and carers rest breaks and 73 visits by a complementary therapist.

Hospice in Your Home Team Manager, Rose Davis, said: "The service has only been running for a relatively short time but demand is growing and we have definitely reached some people who were really in crisis.
"Patients like the fact that we can spend a few hours with them and the overnight stays have proved popular - in my experience if people ask for an overnight stay they really need one. I'm proud we've been able to provide that support and that within a year the team has become a part of the healthcare community working closely with and complementing the work of GPs, District Nurses, Community Matrons and the Hospice Nurse Specialists to deliver an enhanced service."

Hospice in Your Home provides patients with practical hands-on nursing care and emotional support. Patients can receive complementary therapies and overnight stays while families and carers are offered emotional support.

By working in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to meet the individual needs of patients the service aims to reduce hospital admissions, support patients who want to remain at home and help people feel more confident about coping at home after being discharged from hospital.

Hospice Chief Executive, Dr Alan Baron, said: "Many patients want to be cared for in their own home and the Hospice In Your Home team have made this a possibility for many more local people. The service was set up so that Hospice care could be extended to these patients in our local community and I'm delighted that we have reached almost 300 more people in the first 12 months."

Patients must be referred to Hospice In Your Home by a healthcare professional in order to be assessed for the service.


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