Day Hospice is a chance to socialise and meet new friends. There are many activities available to those attending . As well as all the complementary therapies, manicures and massage, there are arts and crafts, singing, quizzes, talks and demonstrations. The Hospice operates a Pets As Therapy (PAT) scheme and people can take their pets to Day Hospice if it is appropriate.
Patients access Day Hospice after assessment by the Hospice Medical Director or a doctor who is a specialist in palliative care. Patients are initially invited to attend for one day a week for 12 weeks. The main reason for someone being invited to Day Hospice is to control symptoms, but equally they receive a significant amount of psychological and emotional support.
People attending Day Hospice have access to a multi-disciplinary team with whom they may discuss their illness, their medication and their future. Day Hospice helps patients make informed decisions and plan for their future.
Individuals are assessed when they first attend Day Hospice and are reviewed after eight weeks. A patient may be discharged after 12 weeks if it is appropriate; if not, reviews are made at regular intervals after that and at least four weeks’ notice would be given before discharge. If after discharge their circumstances change, their GP, Community Specialist Care Nurse or District Nurse can re-refer.