in the home

In the Home 

We understand that not all patients wish to come into the Hospice to be cared for.

Our aim is to help patients who choose to remain at home, in their own surroundings, during their illness to achieve this. We maintain the same ethos of care as delivered in Cynthia Spencer Hospice: to maintain dignity, assist in controlling symptoms and enable patients to make decisions about their care.

The team work in partnership with General Practitioners, District Nurses and other health and social services, although the patient's own GP and District Nurse remain responsible for the overall care at all times. All care is planned with patients and their family, working closely alongside District Nurses, GP’s and others providing care, to ensure that we are able to meet patients' needs.

Our Community Team offer specialist support and advice, including emotional support to patients, their families and carers living with life limiting illnesses.

Our Community Team is made up of the following healthcare professionals:

  • Specialist Palliative Care Doctors
  • Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists and Senior Nurses
  • Specialist Physiotherapists
  • Specialist Occupational Therapists
  • Hospice at Home Support -  for patients thought to be in their last 4 weeks of life

As my husband’s carer, help came when I most needed it and gave me the strength to carry on for which I am truly grateful.

Our Community Team offer advice, support and care to patients with advanced, progressive and life-limiting illnesses, cancer and non-cancer, their carers and families.

The advice and support includes:

  • assessment of palliative care needs
  • symptom management
  • psychological, social and spiritual support
  • end of life and terminal care
  • information about other community services

The team offers practical support and nursing skills to patients at home, helping assist other health care professionals in controlling patient symptoms and supporting families.

After being troubled with symptoms for months the Clinical Nurse Specialist sorted them all out of her first visit. I feel so much better.

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists and Senior Nurses

Clinical Nurse Specialists are Registered Nurses with specialist knowledge and qualifications in cancer and palliative care. They provide advice on pain control, management of difficult symptoms and emotional support for patients. They also provide information about your illness and its management, as well as plan your future care.

This service operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.