Project information

Hospice at Home ' Sitting Service ' Pilot Project

Most people would prefer to be cared for at home during their last days. Our challenge is to become a " hospice without walls ", providing care where it's needed. A sitting service would give carers of terminally ill loved ones, time to re-charge batteries, + extra support in the last days of life

12 months

Charity information

Bury Hospice

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  • Need


    The reality is that if a person wishes to die at home, the carers are on the frontline when it comes to caring for a husband, wife, partner, child, parent or friend and there will be long periods of time when those carers & family members are left to cope alone. This can lead to isolation, fear and lack of confidence, putting carers under a great deal of stress and worry, with the added problem of not even being able to leave the house without someone competent to watch over their loved one.


    Carers play a vital role in a patients choice to die at home. Providing competent sitters that can take care of patients gives carers chance to re-charge their batteries so they can continue to care for their loved one making it possible for them to achieve their wish of dying at home.Sitters & Health Care Assistants would provide emotional & practical support to carers, increasing confidence, decreasing fear & isolation & empowering them to cope

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To empower carers to deal with different situations due to caring for a terminally ill loved one


    » Train & deploy two Health Care Assistants/Sitters, extending the Hospice at home service to cover periods during day time and night time

    Providing good quality support for carers benefits their emotional & physical health relieving their stress & in turn helps prevent innapproriate admissions of patients to hospital

  • Impact


    DOH End of Life Care strategy has endorsed the need for a 24/7 service at home in Bury & recognises that "family"including children,close friends and informal carers of people approaching the end of life, have a vital role in the provision of care."Most people want to be cared for at home as long as high quality care can be assured & they don't place too great a burden on family & carers." Delivering choice to those facing life-limiting illness ensures they can be cared for at home when possible





  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Training & deployment Training
      £15,000 T T
  • Background


    The location would be inside the home of every patient with a life-limiting illness who wishes to be cared for at home by family members or friends, within the six towns of Bury; Ramsbottom; Prestwich; Whitefield; Radcliffe and Tottington


    Our Hospice at Home team currently supports around 1,000 local patients and their families each year with limited staff and resources. Being able to extend the service by providing competent sitters, with the ultimate aim of providing 24 hour care, 7 days a week would hugely benefit the emotional and physical well-being of a great many people; enable the wishes of the terminally ill and relieve some of the pressure on the local NHS hospital.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we are the biggest providers of end of life care in our local area and our clinical staff are all highly trained in palliative care. There is a great need for this new service and we have the expertise to make it a reality.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosemary Roocroft

    Hospice at Home Manager