The Hospice supports people in their homes as much as possible. However, there are times when people may benefit from some time at the In-Patient Unit in Newtown.
Reasons people are admitted to the In-Patient Unit
- to help manage difficult symptoms
- to help adapt to changes, to enable a return home or move to a long-term care facility
- for care at the end of life
- for short-term respite from home
- for a specific planned treatment
Respite care means a short visit at the Hospice (usually a week, but this can vary) to allow people and their caregivers some time to have a break.
Symptom management occurs when a person’s community healthcare professionals recommend that more intense care is needed. This is often drug management, but not always – there are many other aspects to terminal illness that need assessment and evaluation, including mental, emotional and spiritual issues.
End of life care is the kind of care for people for whom death is imminent, typically hours to days but sometimes up to a week or two. This may be at home, in a private hospital or rest home, or at the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit.
Length of stay
The length of stay varies and is decided on an individual basis. Many patients return to their own homes. The In-Patient Unit is not able to offer long-term care.
If it is not possible for someone to return home, but longer-term care is needed, the Hospice will discuss options available and provide support in making choices about this.
On discharge from the In-Patient Unit, the team liaises with future care providers to ensure patients continue to be supported. This may include GPs, district nurses, care agencies, care home staff and pharmacists. We also continue to support patients after discharge from the In-Patient Unit through the local Mary Potter Hospice team, in particular our Palliative Care Coordinators.