What is hospice care?
Hospice care aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of adults and children with a life-limiting or terminal condition. It helps people live as fully and as well as they can to the end of their lives, however long that may be.
Hospice care looks after someone’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. This means that hospices provide a wide range of services.
You don’t have to stay at a hospice to access their care - in fact many people receive support from a hospice whilst they are living at home or in a care home.
This approach to care also supports family members and others close to the person who is receiving hospice care. This support is offered during a person’s illness and into bereavement.
If you know someone who is very ill, it can be difficult to know what to say and do. The Dying Matters website has lots of guidance and information on getting in touch and how to help.