“We go in as strangers and come out as friends” – Hospice at Home celebrates 15th Anniversary
Douglas Macmillan Hospice was delighted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Hospice at Home service last month.
Dougie Mac took the bold step in 2001 of setting up the service with nine employees, but the team has grown to 25 which help people opting for end-of-life care at home.
At this time the Hospice saw the need for end-of-life care at home, with around 50% of people opting for home care.
The service also provides support to relatives and carers of the patients.
Hospice at Home was started with almost £500,000 of cash from the Big Lottery Fund in the first 3 years but is now funded by generous donations from the local community.
Chris Ekin, Director of Community Services, who helped to found Hospice at Home said,
“We originally set the service up because we felt there was an opening for end-of-life care at home.
“The service also provides support to relatives and carers of the patients.”
Margaret Michell, who chaired the Hospice at Home in 2003 added,
“I want congratulate all the staff who have been involved in providing the vital Hospice at Home service to the people of North Staffordshire for the past 15 years.”