123 hospices to benefit from Department of Health grant
Care services minister Phil Hope has announced the 123 hospices that will benefit from a £40 million Department of Health grant.
The funds will improve care for patients and families by enhancing and equipping hospice environments, and by supporting hospices’ work with care homes and caring for people in their own homes. This could include installing specialist bathing apparatus, improving gardens to enable patients to spend time outdoors, or large scale refurbishments.
The funding was committed as part of the Department of Health’s end of life care strategy to provide high quality care for all adults approaching the end of their life, launched in July 2008. The projects will begin in April 2010 and will be completed by 31 March 2011. The full story is on the DH website.