Hospice In Your Care Home

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 works 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.

Who are we?

The Hospice in your Care Home team is made up of four experienced registered nurses and two health care assistants from Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

Where is the service available?

The hospice is currently working with 11 of the 20 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 have been a regular presence in the nursing 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, we want 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.

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.

How can I get more information?

For more information you can talk to the Care Home manager or staff, or contact the Hospice in your Care Home team directly on 01942 525566 or email: hiych@wlh.org.uk

Hospice in Your Care Home was established following funding from Wigan and District Cancer Research Committee and from Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and Wigan Council.


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