Care at home

Many people who are seriously ill and nearing the end of their lives prefer to be cared for at home surrounded by their family and friends. Our Hospice at Home service works closely with District Nurses, GPs and Macmillan nurses to help make this possible.

The Hospice at Home team

The main aim of the Hospice at Home Team is to transfer the Hospice philosophy into the home environment. The service is an integral element of Bolton Hospice Support Services (BHSS), whilst also working collaboratively with District Nurses, GPs and Macmillan Nurses, to ensure that those patients who wish to be cared for at home, surrounded by their family and friends, are able to do so. It is a seven day a week service currently operating between the hours of 08:30 am and 4:30 pm.

The Hospice at Home team is a core team of nurses who are highly skilled, motivated and committed in delivering all aspects of specialist palliative and end of life care to people whose preferred place of care is their home.  In addition, the team is well supported by the medical staff based within the hospice.

How are patients referred?

Any healthcare professional from all areas of Bolton can refer patients to the service.  On receipt of the referral, a discussion takes place with the patient’s District Nursing Team, to inform them that a referral has been received and to synchronise visits.

Eligibility criteria

The service is offered to any patient with advancing disease or life-limiting illness who:

  • •May have complex palliative care needs.
  • •May be in the final weeks of life and prefer to remain at home.
  • •May need help over a crisis period to prevent admission to hospital.
  • •May require support with the management of their symptoms.
  • •May need support on discharge from hospital/hospice to their home.
  • •May require emotional or spiritual support (and this is also extended to their family/carers).













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