Practical issues

Share experiences and advice on practical issues when living with cancer, such as money, work, benefits, travel insurance, transport, food and drink, organising support at home, or getting specialist equipment.

Hospice/Care Home from Hospital

Gumball
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Hi, I'm new to the community. My mum has vascular dementia and has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer which is in operable as she is very weak (not eating drinking properly) and cancer has probably spread as adrenal glands swollen. She lives alone and I would obviously like her to be moved near to me. She has been referred to Mcmillan Nurse. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to get a hospice place in another county straight from hospital or will my mum have to go home first which I'm dreading as social serv. are so slow in providing support.

src60
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Hi and welcome to the community, though sorry to hear about your mum.

Probably the best way to answer this question would be to ring the helpline tomorrow 0808 808 0000 is is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm. Access to hospices can be quite a complex process as of course there has to be a space and depends on lots of other things too. My understanding is the hospital cannot discharge unless there is adequate care (this is often referred to as bed blocking as if it were the patients fault).

When my wife was really ill back in 2011 they were looking either for her to come home or to go to a care home. To come home we needed a few adaptions (stair banister/grab rails/toilet frame/bed downstairs) and most of these were provided free of charge. When she got home had health visitors twice per day to change dressings.

Hope you manage to get your mum nearer to you soon.

<<hugs>>

Steve

Gumball
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src60

Hi and welcome to the community, though sorry to hear about your mum.

Probably the best way to answer this question would be to ring the helpline tomorrow 0808 808 0000 is is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm. Access to hospices can be quite a complex process as of course there has to be a space and depends on lots of other things too. My understanding is the hospital cannot discharge unless there is adequate care (this is often referred to as bed blocking as if it were the patients fault).

When my wife was really ill back in 2011 they were looking either for her to come home or to go to a care home. To come home we needed a few adaptions (stair banister/grab rails/toilet frame/bed downstairs) and most of these were provided free of charge. When she got home had health visitors twice per day to change dressings.

Hope you manage to get your mum nearer to you soon.

<<hugs>>

Steve


Thank you. My mum is now in a Hospice near me. The palliative nursing team were brilliant.  It's such a relief to have her nearby.