When will I need hospice care? No longer do hospices only care for people when they are at the very end of their lives. As well as being there for the last hours and days of life, we now can offer more flexible support sooner in your illness. Your GP or other health professional can refer you to our services when you are thought to have five or fewer years to live. This means we are able to better understand your future needs and how we can support you to live as well as possible for the time you have.