He enjoyed his time with you and for this I thank you all.
- Family member of a hospice patient
Inpatient care is the care provided by St Rocco’s Hospice when someone is admitted to the hospice.
Hospice care is for patients who are living with a life-limiting illness. End-of-life care is a core part of what we do – but it’s far from being all that we do.
Specialist palliative care
In fact, around 60% of those for whom we provide care haven’t come to us ‘to die’ – but to be helped to live more fulfilling, enjoyable lives; to get the most from their time. This process of ‘stabilising’ someone’s symptoms requires a great deal of specialist expertise – and is typically something best provided by a hospice.
Our inpatient unit
The inpatient unit at St Rocco’s Hospice has ten beds, each in a single room – and each room is en suite, with television, DVD player and telephone. Patients may require hospice admission at any stage of their illness for a period of care. This may be for rehabilitation after treatment or to control complex symptoms. The stay may only be 10 to 14 days, after which the patient may go home or to another care setting.
A broad approach to support the ‘whole person’
We don’t just provide medical care. People’s needs include the medical, psychological and social – we try to help with all of these, and more. It’s by supporting all of these needs that we are able to help people get on with their lives.
We’re here to support you
We help as much as we can – perhaps liaising between patients, carers and healthcare professionals, coordinating care so you have less to worry about. Our care is always individual, based around your needs – and when those needs change, we know enough about you to be able to respond quickly. We even help with things which are just difficult to face – such as chatting to your family, on your behalf, about what you’re going through.
We would always try to support the choices of the patient and those around her or him – for example, it’s common (and understandable) for people to want to be at home towards the end, where they feel most secure, surrounded by those they know and love.
What we don’t provide
We don’t offer long-term treatment – with just ten beds to support the whole of Warrington, we focus on providing short stays when they are needed. We also aren’t able to offer respite care.
Getting admitted to any of the hospice’s services comes via referral from a medical professional, usually your GP, hospital consultant or Macmillan nurse. Those seeking referral should discuss this with their doctor, or other medical professional – who will have to complete our referral form and send it to us.