What services are on offer?

Hospices in the UK were set up in response to the needs of their local communities and they continue to develop in order to meet these changing needs. As a result of their individual histories and geographies, each hospice will offer a unique range of services.

Female patient with hospice nurse

Care and support services

Hospices offer a wide variety of services, which may include:

  • pain and symptom control.
  • community-based services, such as Hospice at Home.
  • psychological and social support
  • rehabilitation, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Such services aim to help people remain independent and improve their quality of life.
  • complementary therapies, such as massage and aromatherapy.
  • spiritual care.
  • family care.
  • companionship and practical support services to help people living at home.
  • practical and financial advice.
  • bereavement care.
Some hospices have open days so that people can find out about the care the hospice provides in a relaxed and informal way. You might like to get in touch with your local hospice to ask if you can visit.
Use our hospice finder resource to find your nearest hospice. 

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?