Care at home
Given the choice, most people tell us they would prefer to die in their own homes, with familiar people and things around them. We aim to make this happen wherever possible. We deliver our services in our community across the whole of our Island, wherever people live, providing care services to over 600 people at any one time. This includes within supported housing, and in nursing and residential homes.
This care takes the form of frequent home visits by an expert nurse specialising in end-of-life care, hands-on support from registered community nurses, and overnight and daytime respite care from trained nurses and carers delivering domiciliary (personal) care packages. We also offer pre and post bereavement support in people's own homes.
Our expert Community Clinical Nurse Specialists are Earl Mountbatten Hospice nurses and are paid for from our annual budget. We are not part of any larger national charity - all of the funds you raise for the hospice on the Isle of Wight go directly towards caring for and supporting your community here on the Island.
Our Rapid Discharge and Domiciliary Care Service provides personal care packages, which can prevent people having to go into the hospice or hospital, or help them leave these places to go home. Our team is usually able to start a care package within four hours.
Am I eligible for the service?
Anyone who is over 18 who needs end of life care is eligible for care from our adult team. We also provide services for children and families.
How can I be referred?
Any health professional can refer you to the service, with your permission. When you are referred, a nurse from the hospice will contact you and together, following assessment, you can make a plan of care that is best suited to your needs.
Why have I been referred to Earl Mountbatten Hospice?
We know that being told your illness is no longer responsive to curative treatment can cause great anxiety, shock and stress. We are here to help you through every aspect of your illness; our goal is to help you achieve the very best quality of life possible so you can live your life as fully as possible. Our care includes treating your pain and other symptoms, as well as providing you, your family and carers with practical information and emotional support.
Where can I be seen?
What care and support will the Earl Mountbatten Community Clinical Nurse Specialist provide?
When will I see an expert Earl Mountbatten Community Clinical Nurse Specialist?
Once you have been referred, one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists will assess your needs and, working closely with other health and social care professionals such as GPs and District Nurses, will co-ordinate your care. Ongoing home visits will be planned, and if you are able to travel, you will be able to access services based at the John Cheverton Centre.
Do I have to pay for care?
No, all of our services are free, but as a registered charity donations are always welcome.