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Hospice care

Hospices provide care and support for people with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families. They are run by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors and trained volunteers who aim to promote dignity and respect and look after all of a person’s needs, not just the medical ones.

What help and support does a hospice provide?

Hospices are there to support your emotional, social and spiritual needs, as well as your physical symptoms. Hospice services include:

  • pain and symptom control
  • nursing
  • physiotherapy
  • complementary therapies
  • respite care to give carers a break
  • counselling
  • bereavement and spiritual support

When and where is hospice care given?

Hospice care is flexible and the amount of time you spend in a hospice will depend on your needs and the availability of hospice spaces in your area.

You can receive day care at a hospice and go home at night, stay in a hospice for a short time to help control symptoms or to provide respite for those caring for you, or move into a hospice for the last phase of your life. Hospice care can also be provided in your own home.

Hospice care is free.

How do I get hospice care?

If you’re interested in hospice care, speak to your GP or district nurse. You’ll usually need a referral from them to get care from your local hospice. You can also contact your local hospice to find out more about their services. Most hospices will be willing to show you around their facilities and answer any questions you may have.


More information

You can read more about hospice care on the Hospice UK website.