What Does Home Hospice Mean?

When people see the term ‘hospice’ many think of a place, an in patient facility where people spend their final days. While this scenario does occur, it’s important to recognise that, for many different reasons, some people spend their last days in hospital.

Home hospice is all about a person with a life-limiting condition having access to support them to live well and for as long as possible in the comfort of their own home.

A compassionate team of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, come together to offer comprehensive support to both the person and their family.

Effective pain control and other symptom management is very important in allowing the person to live life to the fullest and to have the best possible quality of life.

Home hospice goes beyond clinical assistance. It recognises the emotional, spiritual and psychosocial needs of the person and their loved ones.

Family involvement is truly valued in home hospice care. The person’s family is actively included in the decision-making processes, and they actively participate in caregiving.

Additionally, home hospice care respects the spiritual and religious beliefs of the individual, offering support from chaplains or spiritual counsellers who can provide comfort, rituals, prayers, or other practices based on the persons preferences and faith.

Ultimately, home hospice care aims to provide comfort, dignity, and support during this stage of life.

It allows people to remain in the familiar and loving environment of their own homes, surrounded by their cherished family members, while receiving expert physical, emotional, and spiritual care from a dedicated team of healthcare professionals.