Hospice in the Home
Hospice in the Home:
Some patients with a life limiting or palliative illness may want to continue living in their own home for as long as possible. Hospice in the Home (HitH) will help to facilitate this. If it is their preference to die at home, the HitH team supports and assists in organising the necessary support services required.
Our team consists of: clinical nurse specialists, clinical paramedic specialists, registered staff nurses, registered paramedics, nursing assistants, administrative staff and volunteers. The team also has the support of a community hospice Doctor for very complex patient reviews and assessments.
We can help support patients and their families through serious illness by:
-Giving advice regarding management of symptoms, pain control, and treatment programs.
-Reducing admission to hospital when appropriate, or liaising with specialist services/ teams.
-Assisting with crisis management and supporting services to deliver the highest level of care.
-Helping patients and families to adjust to what can often be a new and distressing situation.
-Recognising common signs of patients entering the dying phase of illness and providing support.
-Providing comfort and re-assurance to patients at end of life as well as those closest.
-Referring to the Hospice In-Patient-Ward (IPW) when appropriate or when symptoms may become unmanageable at home.
We also offer support to residential/ nursing homes, ensuring all end of life patients have access to hospice palliative care whatever the circumstance and wherever a patient may live (dependant to the Hospice in the Weald catchment area).
The HitH team is divided into four smaller cluster teams which cover a specific geographical area; these teams will ensure continuity of care and provide all follow up as required. All patients are assigned a team led by a specialist nurse or specialist paramedic who will oversee care, liaising and co-ordinate between the different services involved. The patients’ General Practitioner (GP) will remain responsible for the care provided, which will be complimented by the Hospice in the Weald team.
We will keep in contact with the patient and their family by telephone in between appointments to help support, or identify any changes or concerns apparent. These contacts may be by any member of the team which includes volunteers.
When a referral is made to us whether by yourself, GP, or other; we will invite you to the hospice for an initial assessment with the aim of getting to know the patient, their wishes, concerns or worries regarding their health and future treatment. Ongoing appointments at the hospice or if home visits (if more appropriate), will be arranged as required..