Pilot scheme launched to support people to die at home

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE Community Services NHS Trust (CCS NHS Trust) and the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity are launching a two year pilot scheme which supports people with a terminal illness to die at home.

The pilot is being funded by the charity and builds on a smaller service it has been supporting CCS NHS Trust to provide.

The much needed funding is enabling the Trust to recruit additional trained nurses and healthcare assistants to the Hospice at Home team, which provides specialist end of life care to enable people to die with dignity and as comfortably as possible in the place of their choice.

Lorraine Moth, Lead Nurse, Hospice at Home, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “Death is still a taboo subject in our society, but it is something we all face. Many people would prefer to die at home, but that this is not always possible.

“It’s a really difficult time for their families, who can feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with someone as they near the end of their life. Hospice at Home provides specialist health care for the last two weeks of someone’s life that enables families to care for people at home and gives them emotional support and valuable respite.”

The team is also forging stronger links with local hospitals, GPs and other healthcare professionals to support terminal patients who wish to leave hospital so they can die at home.

The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity works in partnership with CCS NHS Trust to support patients, their families, staff and volunteers at Arthur Rank House, a hospice in Cambridge run by the Trust. The hospice includes an in-patient unit and day therapy.

The Trust is continuing to recruit people to the team. If you have previous health or palliative care experience please contact Lorraine Moth, Lead Nurse, on 01223-723135 or email lorraine.moth@ccs.nhs.uk