We can’t change a diagnosis, but we can change someone’s life after diagnosis
Every year, we care for close to 2,000 local people living with a terminal illness. This care is provided at no cost to the patient and their family as we believe that everyone, no matter their circumstances or economic standing, deserves the right to a good death.
Hospiscare is needed now more than ever
Changes in lifestyle, health and welfare mean that we can all expect to live for longer, but not necessarily in good health. Life expectancy in Devon is particularly high and an older, rural population means greater pressure on health services.
The population of our county is also changing, with a projected increase in population of 100,000 over the next 20 years. There is a greater need for end-of-life care than is currently available and with Devon’s ageing population, demand is only going to increase.
People are now living longer with multiple diagnoses and, although treatments are improving, it means that patients towards the end of life have complex needs which often require a holistic, specialist approach to enable them to achieve the best death.