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. Our booklet, ’Thinking of you’, has tips on getting in touch and how to help.

Hospice care booklet

  • What is hospice care?
    If you, or someone close to you, have a life-limiting or terminal illness, you may have questions about the care you can get and what it involves. We aim to answer those questions in this booklet.

I’d like to know more

The organisations and resources listed below can help you find out more about planning for end of life and hospice and palliative care.

Dying Matters

Dying Matters aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. They present useful information on subjects including making plans, writing wills, bereavement, talking to children about death and avoiding misconceptions about dying. All the leaflets are freely available to download and print from their website.

Care for children and young people

Together for Short Lives is a UK-wide charity that speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives. The Together for Short Lives Charter sets out what families should expect to receive from their local children’s palliative care services in terms of information and support.

What does hospice care mean to you?