Tuesday, 17 March 2015

When Simon Appleton reached the last phase of his life, he had one final wish. Simon simply wanted to die at home surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Thanks to the support of Peace Hospice Care, Hospice at Home team, he achieved just what he wanted. In the comfort of his Bushey home  he  had a good death that was well supported, well managed and had a lasting positive impact on his family and friends.

Simon's end of life choice is shared by around 6o% of the population.  But although the majority of people do want to die at home, around 50% currently die in hospital, denied their end of life choices. 

In  South West Hertfordshire  figures  dip  below the national average but a Government grant has been funding round the clock service across Watford enabling our Hospice at Home team to provide greater support for patients who chose to be cared for at home.

This injection of money from the Prime Minister's 'Challenge Fund' has been supporting patients and their carers at home with a 24 hour provision of palliative care,  symptom control, psychological support and personal care. 

Peace Hospice Care Chief Executive Sue Plummer said' This grant has been giving our patients and their carers in Watford the support they need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It has strengthened our patient service provision and plays an important part in supporting people at home at the end of their life.'

For Catherine Appleton, having the death her husband wanted  has been important to her family.

'I can't thank the Hospice at Home team enough for the care of my husband Simon,' said Catherine. 'Together with a Macmillan nurse they stepped in and worked so brilliantly together and with great sensitivity. They really helped him have a good death at home where he wanted to be.  It was a very natural journey and we kept the door open so family and friends were able to see him in a very positive way.

'Three hours before he died his grandchildren were in bed with him.  Thanks to the support from the Hospice at Home team, it really was an inspirational death experience for us all.'