Hospices are to benefit from up to £60 million of funding to help improve the quality of care for people nearing the end of their lives, Care Services Minister Paul Burstow announced today.
The funding – which is open to all adult and children’s hospices in England – will help improve care for patients and families by enhancing the hospice environment, as well as supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes.
Hospices will be able to apply for funding for a range of projects, including:
- Improvements to day-therapy facilities, including providing transport services;
- Developing or improving out-reach services to support people in their own homes;
- Refurbishment of inpatient and visitor areas, including improvements to bedrooms and bathrooms and providing overnight facilities for families;
- Improvements to mortuary and bereavement facilities; and
- Improvements to gardens and outside spaces so patients can spend time outdoors.
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