The Diana Princess of Wales Hospice Care at Home Trust helps to fund and provide the only ‘At Home’ specialist palliative care on the Isle of Man.
What is Hospice at Home?
Hospice at Home is the delivery of hospice care at home. This includes the values and philosophy of care provided in an in-patient hospice setting to both patients and their families at the end stages of life but who’d prefer to be cared for in their own homes with all that is familiar about them.
How does Hospice at Home work?
Patients are usually referred to a Hospice at Home service by a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCCNS) but anyone can contact the service to enquire about care. On referral, the organisation will contact you to identify your needs: the amount of support given is dependent on the need and the overall demand for this service at any given time.
Although respite care and end of life care are two of the most vital aspects of the service, focus is on providing support of all kinds – physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual – for patients, families and carers. Working with families and in the best interest of all concerned is always the overriding objective.
Who can benefit from the service?
Any patients who have a life limiting illness, for example, cancer or other progressive conditions and where curative treatment is no longer possible or appropriate.
Do I have to pay for Hospice at Home?
The service is supported by the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust and is provided by Hospice Isle of Man free of charge to patients resident in the Isle of Man.
Who provides the care?
The Hospice at Home service is a team effort – a close working partnership between Hospice Isle of Man and those working in the wider community, typically including the patient’s GP, District Nurses, the Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and other social and healthcare professionals.
What does a nurse providing the service require?
The basic requirements are simply:
- • A comfortable chair
- • Facilities for making a hot drink
- • Toilet access
- • Suitable heating (for overnight care)
- • Sufficient light (for evening / overnight shifts).
How can I or my family receive this service?
Patients are usually referred to the Palliative Care Specialist Team based at Hospice Isle of Man by a GP, Consultant, District Nurse, Health Visitor or Social Worker. On referral, one of the Clinical Nurse Specialists will identify your needs before making an assessment and organising a plan of care.
At any given time, the amount of support given is dependent on this assessment and the overall demand for this service.
How can I find out more information about the service?
The Palliative Care Specialist Team will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. You can contact the team by telephone Monday – Friday between the hours of 9.00am – 5.00pm on 01624 647 475.