Care homes have an important role in the delivery of palliative and end of life care. On this page we are sharing resources to help hospices build relationships with care homes.

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The importance of collaboration with care homes


In the UK there are over 17,000 care homes with an estimated 408,000 residents [1].

It is estimated that if current trends continue, by 2040 the most common place of death will be in a care home [2].

To help make sure everyone living in a care home receives quality palliative and end-of-life care, hospices need to work with their local care homes to upskill staff and share knowledge and expertise.

Increasing care home capacity will help reduce the numbers of deaths in hospital.


  1. Care home stats: number of settings, population & workforce 2022 Oct 26 [cited 2023 May 15].
  2. Bone A E, Gomes B, Etkind S N, et al. What is the impact of population ageing on the future provision of end-of-life care? Population-based projections of place of death. Palliative Medicine. 2018;32(2):329-336