About Hospice Care
Hospice care changes lives, offering quality care, dignity and compassion for people facing the end of their life.
Every year, UK hospices provide expert care and support to around 360,000 people, including adults and children with life-limiting or terminal conditions and their friends and families.
This care and support is based on the belief that everyone matters all the way through their life until the moment they die, and that no one should die in avoidable pain, suffering or emotional distress.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care improves the lives of people who have a life-limiting or terminal illness. It helps them to live as actively as they can to the end of their lives, however long that may be. It not only takes care of people’s physical needs, but looks after their emotional, spiritual and social needs as well. Hospice care also supports carers, family members and close friends, both during a person’s illness and during bereavement. You may also hear it called palliative care.
Hospice care providers offer a range of services, which may include the following:
- pain and symptom control;
- psychological and social support;
- rehabilitation – helping patients to stay independent and continue to live their lives as they have done before;
- complementary therapies, such as massage and aromatherapy;
- spiritual care;
- family care;
- practical and financial advice;
- bereavement care.
These services are provided by a team of professionals with specialist training