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What is Hospice care?

Hospice care aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of adults and children with a life-limiting or terminal condition. It helps people live as fully and as well as they can to the end of their lives, however long that may be.

Hospice care looks after someone’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. This means that hospices provide a wide range of services. 

You don’t have to stay at a hospice to access their care - in fact many people receive support from a hospice whilst they are living at home or in a care home.

This approach to care also supports family members and others close to the person who is receiving hospice care. This support is offered during a person’s illness and into bereavement.

Hospices offer many services both in the hospice and in the local community which is known as 'Hospice at Home' which provides support to help people to continue living in their own homes.

Hospices offer a host of services including:

  • Helping with relief from pain and symptoms
  • Providing complementary therapies such as massage and aromatherapy
  • Creatives therapies such as crafts and music
  • Rehabilitation such as psychological and occupational therapy
  • Spiritual care
  • Help to access support services such as financial advice or practical help for living more comfortably and safely at home

The aim of these services is to help the patient remain independent and improve the quality of their life. They not only look after the well-being of the patient but also provide support to family and friends and bereavement care. 

You can find out more from this short video clip courtesy of Hospice UK.