About the Network
The PCQ Hospice Services Network was established in 2017 with an aim to promote collaboration between the existing 8 Queensland Hospice Services.
- Karuna Hospice Service
- Cittamani Hospice Service
- Little Haven Palliative Care
- Ipswich Hospice Care
- Toowoomba Hospice Service
- Hopewell Hospice Services
- Hummingbird House
- Katie Rose Cottage
What is a Hospice?
Hospice care is a style of care, rather than something that takes place in a specific building. It seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of adults and children with life-limiting conditions, by honouring the diversity and uniqueness of each individual, with a goal to help them live as fully as they can for the precious time they have left.
Hospice care can be carried out in the person’s home or in a home-style facility so that all family members can be active participants in their care, and includes bereavement follow up. Some hospices provide a day respite model of care.
The Hospice model of care is holistic, person-centred and specialises only in care at the end of life. The hospice model combines both medical and social domains of care, as hospices have strong links with their local community and have a particular focus on community engagement and community capacity building.
Hospices are funded through a combination of Government funding and public donations.
Hospice teams provide comprehensive comfort care to their local community members who are at the end of life or are bereaved.
Hospice teams usually include doctors (particularly GPs), nurses, social workers, therapists, counsellors, bereavement specialists, educators, trained volunteers and fundraisers.
Hospice teams usually have formalised partnerships with their local hospitals, palliative care units, community nursing and package providers, this promotes smooth transitions between environments. While many hospices can provide complex care management, the hospice model allows for the hospitals/palliative care units to focus on the more complex care requirements which may require resources only available in acute hospital facilities.
Hospices aim to feel more like a home than hospitals or palliative care units do. They aim to meet their communities wish to ‘die at home or place of choice’.
They can provide individual care more suited to the person who is approaching the end of life, in a gentler and calmer atmosphere than a hospital/palliative care unit.
Defined by the PCQ Hospice Services Network 2017, adapted from: https://www.nhs.uk/Planners/end-of-life-care/Pages/hospice-care.aspx and https://www.hospiceuk.org/about-hospice-care/what-is-hospice-care.