1 in 3 people will be touched by hospice care in their lifetime. But what exactly does 'hospice care' mean?
There are many misconceptions surrounding the work done by the 200+ hospices in the United Kingdom. We want to bust some of those myths today once and for all!
Myth: Hospices are where you go to die.
Most people think that hospices are scary, dark, miserable places – where you come to die. While hospices do provide end-of-life care, we also offer SO much more than that, such as pain and symptom control, respite care, bereavement support, carer support, outpatient appointments such as complementary therapies, lymphoedema management and much more. Multi-discplinary teams provide holistic care for the patient and their family to suit their individual needs.
Myth: Hospices are for cancer patients.
Hospices care for patients with life-limiting conditions. This includes cancer, but also advanced neurological, cardiac and respiratory diseases, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).
Myth: Hospices are part of the National Health Service.
Many hospices are partly supported by their local NHS Commissioning Group and work closely with their local NHS services, however most hospices are registered charities and rely on the support of their local communities to keep their doors open. St Oswald's has to raise £7 million each year through voluntary giving and legacies to ensure we can continue to care for local families.
Myth: Hospices are for old people.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, and there are many specialist children's and young adults' hospices around the UK. We strive to provide services which are appealing to all age groups and continue to develop our services to meet our patients' changing needs.