Facts and figures

Key facts and statistics about hospice care

  • The hospice care sector supports at least 120,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions each year. This increases to around 360,000 people when their family members are included. Hospices have an important role in supporting people’s families, especially in providing bereavement support.
  • Hospices care for people with a wide range of conditions including cancer, Motor Neurone Disease, cardio-vascular diseases, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease. Hospices are also increasingly supporting people with multiple life-limiting conditions including dementia.
  • Hospice care is available in a range of settings such as hospice in-patient units, as well in people’s own homes where the majority of hospice care is provided.
  • On average adult hospices receive 34% of their funding from the government, with the rest coming from fundraising. However, the level of statutory funding varies widely across the country.
  • Charitable hospices collectively need to raise £1.8m per day – amounting to more than £9,000 per hospice each day.
  • More than 125,000 people give their time to volunteer in hospices each year.

Public perceptions of hospice care

  • More than two-thirds of people regard hospices as places that offer compassionate care.
  • Hospice care is rated the highest quality care by bereaved people.
  • Seven out of 10 people think demand for hospice care will rocket in coming decades because of a rapidly ageing population.
  • Almost 50% of people say they are concerned there won’t be enough hospice care available in future.

Future demand for hospice care

  • Britain’s older population is set to sharply increase in the next few decades.
  • The number of people aged 85 and over is expected to double in the next 20 years
  • The number of people aged 100 or over is expected to increase more than eight-fold by 2035 – to more than 100,000.
  • By 2035 at least 100,000 more people than there are today will be living with varied end of life care needs.
  • The number of young adults living with life-limiting conditions is also on the increase and there is evidence of growing numbers of young people with highly complex needs moving from children’s services into adult care.

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