Project information

The Shakespeare Hospice - Hospice at Home

Research shows that the majority of people would prefer to die at home if there was care available to support them in this choice. Our Hospice at Home service offers specialist nurses who will care for a patient in their own home during the final weeks of life and support their family.


Charity information

The Shakespeare Hospice

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  • Need


    People would like to die in their own home but need nursing support to do this. The District Nurse service will visit the patient at home but these nurses do not have specialised training in end of life care and their service is not available after midnight. Patients may be able to access care from agency nurses, but again, these nurses do not have specialist experience in end of life care.


    Our Hospice at Home nurses have many years experience working in local communities and caring for patients with terminal illness. They have specialised training in symptom and pain relief which enables them to keep the patient comfortable for as long as possible, thus allowing the patient to make the most of their last days with their family in the security of their own home. The nurses provide psychological support and a link to the other services offered by the Hospice.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    More people can die in their preferred place of care


    » Provide registered nurses who will travel to patients's homes to deliver hands-on nursing care.

    Success will be more than half of patients referred to Hospice at Home able to die in their own home.

  • Impact


    In the long term our service will give local people the confidence to select their home as their preferred place of care.

    Success will be demonstrated by an increase in referrals to our Hospice at Home service and an increase in the number of people dying at home.

    Since starting the project in 2004 we have helped hundreds of local families with more than 20,000 home nursing visits.


    The major risk to this project is lack of funding. We have dealt with this risk by an income generation strategy which aims to build sustainable income streams. We operate seven successful shops and have a hard-working fundraising team, which organises both community and mass-participation events, applies to trusts and foundations and works with local business. We receive less than 7% of our costs from the NHS so we face a challenge to raise the remaining funds.


    Donors to this project can choose to receive an email newsletter reporting on developments at The Shakespeare Hospice and the latest news about Hospice at Home.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £360,284

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      Amount Heading Description
      £329,727 Payroll costs Salaries, travel expenses
      £30,557 Other costs Utilities, cleaning, maintenance, telephones, insurance, professional fees, computer support

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individual Donors & Trusts £7,209 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Hospice at Home service operates in South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds from our base in Stratford upon Avon. We have recently expanded the service to inlcude the towns of Southam and Kenilworth.


    Patients who are in the final stage of life and their families will benefit from Hospice at Home. Last year the service cared for more than 170 families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Shakespeare Hospice has been established for 15 years and has built good working relationships with local healthcare providers with whom we liaise closely to provide seamless high quality care for patients and families. Patients referred to Hospice at Home are also able to access the services provided by our Day Hospice such as Counselling, Chaplaincy and Occupational Therapy. We only use registered nurses and healthcare assistants experienced in end of life care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Angie Arnold

    As Chief Executive of the Hospice, Angie is responsible for the overall management of the Hospice at Home service.

    Gill Trench RGN, BA Hons Palliative Care, ENB Oncology

    As Clinical Co-ordinator Gill is responsible for the day to day management of Hospice at Home including allocating staff and monitoring care.

Members of the Hospice at Home Team

Members of the Hospice at Home Team


could fund a home visit from a specialist nurse

‘I am so glad that he was at home when he died. As a mother I must also thank you for the care you gave our children.’

Family supported by Hospice at Home