About Jersey Hospice Care

About Jersey Hospice Care

Jersey Hospice Care supports over 1,000 people each year. We provide a holistic approach to care, incorporating physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects.

We also have an important role in supporting people’s families, especially in providing bereavement support.

We support people with a wide range of conditions including (but not limited to) cancer, motor neurone disease, cardio-vascular diseases, dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Currently about half of our patients do not have cancer.

The majority of hospice care (80 per cent) is provided in community-based settings, including home, nursing homes, hospital and Day Hospice.

More than 450 people give their time to volunteer for Jersey Hospice Care each year.

Our services

All our services are provided free of charge.

Our Specialist Palliative Care team provides support, care, advice and complex symptom management across Hospice, in the community and in the hospital.

The In Patient Unit is a specialist medical unit, offering 24/7 365 days a year medical support. Patients may stay for assessment, symptom management, respite and end of life care. Care is delivered by skilled and experienced nurses and doctors, working with other members of the multi-disciplinary team, to ensure a holistic approach to the care of patients and their family.

Our Day Hospice enriches patient’s lives through individual and group activities. We offer patients and their carers personalised support, whilst empowering them to manage their conditions and prevent unnecessary complications.

The Emotional and Bereavement Service provides free, confidential and person-centred support to any islander who has experienced bereavement. The team also supports patients and their families in a proactive way with the emotional impact of knowing someone is going to die. We have extended our Emotional Support services to support children with life limiting illness, as well as their families.

We provide a comprehensive range of rehabilitative palliative therapies, supporting people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. As well as physiotherapy, we offer complementary therapies that support the well-being of patients and their families and provide treatment and management for all patients experiencing Lymphoedema caused by cancer or its treatment.

Funding for Jersey Hospice Care

We need to raise £6.7 million a year to provide our services – which amounts to £18,600 per day.

For every pound raised for Hospice, we spend 82 pence on delivering patient services. The remainder is spent on fundraising events and activities and running our two fundraising shops.

On average, adult hospices in the UK receive over a third of their income from the Government. In Jersey, all our services at Hospice are funded by community fundraising, our charity shops, donations and investments.

We receive funding from the States of Jersey following our appointment in 2014 as the island’s leader for all healthcare professionals in the development of specialist palliative care provision and education. That funding amounts to 8% of our expenditure and is spent on leading, educating and supporting healthcare providers across the community and in the hospital in the delivery of palliative care.

Future demand for hospice care

Jersey’s older population is set to sharply increase in the next few decades, with important implications for health and social care in Jersey.

By 2065, it is anticipated that 25% of our population in Jersey will be over the age of 65. This compares with approx. 11% today*.

The number of young adults living with life-limiting conditions is also on the increase with growing numbers of young people with highly complex needs moving from children’s services into adult care.

[*taken from States of Jersey’s ‘Jersey Health Profile 2016’]

Our background

Jersey Hospice Care was founded in 1982, initially in a small two bedroom bungalow in Grouville, before moving to a six bedded building on Mont Cochon in 1995.

The facilities were redeveloped in 2012 to double the number of beds in our In Patient Unit to 12. We registered the twelfth bed in 2016.