Hospice 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 Hospice at Home Team transfer the hospice philosophy into the home environment. Our Hospice at Home team work 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.

What are the 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).

We welcome eligible patients irrespective of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Is there a charge?

All our services are free of charge.

At the start of lockdown my Nan came to live with us, she had vascular dementia and lung cancer. Obviously we couldn't do everything for her and we had some Bolton Hospice nurses come in to help. They were amazing with us and my Nan actually looked forward to their visits. 

We wanted to thank them for all they did while she was alive and the help and advice they gave us.

A family member