Hospices are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care to patients of all ages. They look after people in in-patient units and to a larger and growing extent, in their own homes. Hospice care puts patients, their families and loved ones at the centre of everything they do, and this medical, practical and pastoral support is offered to people of all faiths and of none.
Hospices provide our communities with:
- Care to those whose illness is no longer thought curable
- Care free of charge to those individuals and their carers
- In-patient care
- Hospice at home care
- Day therapy clinics and outpatient support
- Quality of life through expert pain and symptom management
- Emotional and spiritual support to those of all faiths and of none
- Crisis intervention, counselling, welfare and bereavement support
The hospices deliver their services free, but care is not cheap. They largely depend on funds raised from their local communities as well as the support given by local volunteers. Most of our Sussex hospices receive below the 33% national average of government funding and our adult hospices have to raise an average of 78% of their running costs themselves.