Hospices care for 200,000 people a year, but they’re powered by voluntary effort

There’s a paradox inherent in the hospice movement: they’re integral, yet wouldn’t exist without volunteers and fundraisers

The first hospices were established in the 19th century in France, but what is known as the “modern movement” started in 1967 with the opening of St Christopher’s House in south London by Dame Cicely Saunders,
a pioneer of palliative care. The common perception is that hospice
care is residential, but 80% of services today are delivered in the
community to people in their own homes, outpatient centres or day
hospices.

Another common myth is that hospice care is only for people at the
end of their lives, but Hospice UK defines it as seeking to “improve the
quality of life and wellbeing of adults and children with a
life-limiting or terminal illness”. Care can be sustained for many
years, particularly for children born with a life-limiting condition.

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Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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