End of life care at a hospice

Hospice care can be accessed from the moment you are given an advanced cancer diagnosis and is not just for people at the very end of their lives.

Hospice care is not just the building itself and can be provided in your own home, in a care home, as a day or short-term hospice patient or in hospitals. Hospice teams can help provide much of the care that you and your loved ones need. They can help with emotional wellbeing throughout your illness and their bereavement. 

Hospice care is free, they offer short term breaks called respite care as well as longer stays. Some people have several hospice visits depending on their symptoms and how they want to manage their care. 

Entering a hospice does not always mean that you are entering the last days of life. Many hospices will show you around and answer any questions you have. 

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Information Product № Published 03/10/2019
Last Updated 21/05/2024 Next Review Due 23/04/2027