Hospice Care

Hospice care seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of adults and children with a life-limiting or terminal illness, helping them live as fully as they can for the precious time they have left. It aspires to be accessible to all who could benefit and reflect personal preferences and needs.

Hospices offer wide-ranging, personalised care which is provided by a versatile team of different professional staff and volunteers. As well as taking care of people's physical needs, they also look after their emotional, spiritual and social needs. They also support carers, family members and close friends, both during a person's illness and during bereavement.

Hospice care is free for everyone, and is provided for however long it is needed, which could be days, weeks, months or years.

Hospices provide a range of services which include:
  • pain and symptom control
  • psychological and social support
  • rehabilitation
  • complementary therapies, such as massage and aromatherapy
  • counselling
  • spiritual care
  • practical and financial advice
  • support in bereavement.
Hospice care is provided in a wide range of settings, not just hospice buildings. These include day services, care homes and people’s own homes. The vast majority of hospice care is provided in people’s homes. 

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How we help Family stories
"I have nothing but praise for the staff at St Leonard’s"
Charlotte was adamant that she wanted to give something back to Martin House, as the hospice had helped her family throughout the years and in Lucca’s final weeks.
Chester and Rhianna
Chester and Rhianna were born at just 26 weeks old in 2009, and they spent their first year in hospital fighting for their lives. Chester has brain damage and Hirschsprung disease.
Hello, I’m Ann and I am currently being supported by the amazing team at St Gemma’s.
Jim Withyman
In January 2017, Jim Withyman, a barrister based in York, originally from Spalding, spent his final weeks with his family by his side at Saint Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate.
Kacie-Mai Jones
Regular visits to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People give nine-year-old Kacie-Mai Jones the chance to be herself.
Kayleigh's Mum
The Elvin family cherishes the precious memories made laughing together in the hospice gardens with their beloved mum, grandma and wife.
"Everything and everyone is fantastic!"
Roger and Sandra
My husband Roger was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in September 2016. It was a hard struggle as he slowly deteriorated from that point.