St Catherine’s Hospice
Resources for Life - The Philosophy of Our Care
St Catherines Hospice The essence of Hospice care is improvement in the quality of life. This is achieved by the relief of pain and distress by specialised medical and nursing care and the provision of social, emotional and spiritual support for the patient and their carers. The uniqueness of each individual is acknowledged and their own needs identified. The care is implemented according to these needs. The period of care extends from the first contact and for as long as is necessary. All the statements of policy are aimed at providing the best possible care to encourage security, maintain dignity and enable each one to find peace.
The service which best conforms with this philosophy involves a balance of support and care - at home, in day care and in in-patient care. Each of these components is provided by St. Catherine's and it is essential for the service to be considered as a whole so that a flexible response appropriate to each patient's needs and family situation can be provided.

The staff, both in the Hospice and in the community, work in close co-operation with all health services and personnel in the surrounding area and therefore an important feature of Hospice care is education and training.

Care is given unconditionally to those who need it regardless of age, religious or cultural belief and is without charge. The area served is primarily, but not exclusively, Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.

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