What is 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 or even months.
Hospices provide a range of services which include:
- pain and symptom control
- psychological and social support
- complementary therapies, such as massage and aromatherapy
- spiritual care
- practical and financial advice
- support in bereavement.
Why do hospices need support?
There are over 200 hospices across the UK, all of which provide specialist palliative care – without charge – to anyone who needs it. Hospices are independent charities relying very heavily on fundraising and support from their local communities to offer their care services. Such care is not cheap, and as most hospices receive very little statutory or government core funding they have to raise most of their funds from the local public.
Why are hospices working together on The Big Get Together ?
This is the second year of The Big Get Together – 17 hospices in England working together to raise funds. We want to offer a simple and fun way for you, our wonderful supporters, to help us continue providing hospice care in your local community. All you have to do is organise a Big Get Together with friends, family or colleagues and have some fun while raising vital funds for the local hospice of your choice.
What better time to do this than during Hospice Care Week, the annual celebration of hospices and their services across the country? Hospice Care Week takes place from 9 to 15 October 2017 with the aim of raising awareness of hospice care, and The Big Get Together will be one of the key focuses of our fundraising during the week.
Will you take part in The Big Get Together and help your local hospice?