End-of-life care at home in Herts and Bucks
Our end-of-life care gives patients in Herts and Bucks the choice to spend their final days at home. As well as specialist nursing care, we can assist with personal care and provide emotional and practical support for the whole family. Our purpose is to be there for local families facing life-limiting and terminal illness, supporting them when every moment matters.
Specialist nursing care at home
Rennie Grove Peace registered nurses provide specialist care at scheduled and emergency visits to patients’ homes. Our Community Hospice at Home care is unique in the local area and in some areas of Herts and Bucks, we already offer a 24/7 service.
Our goal as Rennie Grove Peace is that across our whole catchment area, we will be able to support patients at any time of the day or night, every day of the year. Our patients will be able to call on our registered nurses. Patients and their families will then know we’re here for them, 24/7, at the end of a phone and able to help and support their needs. Importantly, this can often prevent hospital admissions and make sure patients are as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Personal care at home
Our Rapid Personalised Care Service makes sure patients can get home from hospital, with minimal delay, when every moment matters. The team are also able to act swiftly when a patient already under our care begins to need support with things like washing, dressing or food preparation. Our standard is to have a home care package in place within 48 hours of referral. Commissioned by the NHS, this service underpins our end-of-life nursing care at home for patients in Herts and Bucks.
Practical help and companionship at home
Our volunteer-led groups, Compassionate Neighbours and our Supporting Hands service offer companionship and practical support to ease isolation and keep domestic life intact. For example, they might pop in for a chat or a game of chess, can sit with a patient to give carers a bit of respite, or help with gardening, dog walking or household chores.
Emotional and psychological support
Life-limiting illness can trigger so many emotions, especially towards the end of life. We can offer patients and their families the valuable chance to talk with trained listeners and counsellors. In addition, this service extends into bereavement support. It gives family members the emotional and psychological support they might need at any point following the death of a loved one.
Complementary therapy, such as massage or reiki, can improve patients’ and family members’ sense of wellbeing. This can be especially valuable when you’re coping with a progressive life-limiting illness.
Helping children cope with illness and bereavement
We also offer specialist support for the children of our adult patients. For example, our children’s support group provides friendship and play sessions for children and siblings of current and former Rennie Grove, Peace Hospice and Rennie Grove Peace patients. You can learn more about our Children and Young People’s Support here.
With you all the way
Our patients and their families are at the heart of everything we do. Our nurses do everything in their power to ensure the wishes of their patients are respected, visiting day and night as needed, right to the end, to help families make every moment together matter.
If you or a loved one is approaching end-of-life and you’d like Rennie Grove Peace to provide support with end-of-life care, we’d be honoured to help. It starts with a referral to our community Hospice at Home service. Here’s how to do that:
- ask your GP to refer you to the ‘Rennie Grove Peace Community Hospice at Home service’ (if you make the request by email you may wish to copy and paste this page link into the email for reference)
- get in touch with us to discuss the service in more detail. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and then either talk you through the referral process or match you to another one of our services which better meets your current needs.
Our end-of-life care for patients, carers and family members is overseen by our Community Hospice at Home service team. You can learn more about the unique features of this service here. Referral criteria and instructions for this service can be found here:
Learn more about the ways we can support you
Rapid Personalised Care Service
Fully funded by the NHS, this service provides personal care support for those approaching end-of-life who wish to remain at home.
Community Hospice at Home
Our visiting palliative care nurses provide the choice to be cared for at home.
Bereavement, Listening and Talking Therapies
Counsellors and trained listeners provide emotional support for those facing life-changing illness or bereavement.