The aim of Day Hospice is to offer a welcoming care environment for patients dealing with life limiting illness. Patients are offered a range of opportunities aimed at helping them adjust to the physical, psychological and social implications of dealing with progressive illness.
Patients and families may need a break from the isolation or routine of being at home every day and Day Hospice gives patients a chance to meet others who are experiencing similar concerns and challenges. It also means that we as a team can monitor and evaluate patients’ progress and pick up problems which we can then deal with as swiftly as possible.
Help which is available includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, counselling group discussions and spiritual reflection with our Chaplain. In addition, patients may have the opportunity to get involved with arts and crafts, themed days, gardening, celebrations and music as well as having a manicure or massage. Please note that not all facilities are available every day.
Patients can be collected from home by our transport provider and brought in to Meadow House. Day Hospice hours are officially 9.00 am to 5.00 pm but patients generally attend between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm. Day Hospice is staffed by a specialist nursing team with a doctor visiting once a day.
Patients are referred to Day Hospice usually by their Clinical Nurse Specialist (but the patient or their family can also refer) and attendance is possible only after careful assessment. Regular reviews are conducted to ensure that it is still appropriate for patients to be involved in Day Hospice and if not, the patient would be referred back to their primary care team.