The main aim of the Hospice at Home service is to provide patients and their families with the appropriate level of additional care required, to ensure the patient has the support they need to remain in their own home if this is their preferred place of care and to prevent any unnecessary admissions to the hospital. It is our intention to expand this service on successful completion of the twelve month pilot, enabling us to support Oldham residents 24/7 of hospice care in their own homes.
Our Hospice team is available between 7.30am and 9pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The timing, length and frequency of visits during the day is flexible and is determined by the needs of the individual patient. We are also working with Marie Curie to provide a night sitting service to enable family members to get a good night's sleep in the knowledge that their loved one is being closely monitored and cared for.
The Hospice at Home service is designed to work alongside, and in addition to, any current services provided by the Community Nursing team, home care providers and Macmillian nurses. This in turn, enables Community and MacMillan Nurses to plan their visits, knowing their patients have an extra level of support.
Feedback has already been so touching, here are a few of quotes from thank you letters and cards we have received:
"Dear Hospice at Home Team,
We wanted to send our heartfelt gratitude for the care, kindness and utmost professionalism offered my dad, during the last hours of his life.
It brings me great comfort to know that he had his wish to die at home.
You were wonderful with him, if you would have seen him before he deteriorated, he would have enjoyed chatting with you and shared a joke. He was an amazing, wonderful man.
"...my mum deteriorated in health very quickly and I found myself struggling to cope. After making enquiries at the Hospice in the morning, we had a visit the same afternoon. The nurses came to see my mum again that evening and spent a good deal of time, washing her and caring for her with competence, compassion and a great sense of humour. Sadly my mum passed away during that night but when the nurses came back as planned the following morning, they were such a help to me and my dad. They were supportive, caring and practical which was exactly what we needed. I only wish I had known about the service earlier as I can't recommend it enough! Thank you."
"...the compassion and care you gave made such a difficult time a little easier (if that's at all possible!). We can't thank you all enough."