An aging population
Our catchment areas in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are made up of a higher than average elderly population, with the number of people aged over 65 likely to increase by as much as 50%, by 2030.
What’s more, these individuals are increasingly coping with at least two long-term conditions such as heart and lung disease, diabetes, dementia or cancer – and in many cases will go on to need palliative care in a residential setting.
Hospice or home?
Public surveys show that most people would choose to die at home but in reality, patients may find this choice less appealing or impractical in the final stages of their illness.
For different reasons, the idea of dying at home can be full of anxieties about access to treatment and the effect on loved ones. Even less attractive is the prospect of dying in a hospital or nursing home where person-centred care plans for complex needs are that much harder to deliver.
There are no independent hospice beds in Southern Derbyshire and Southern Nottinghamshire.
Without carefully co-ordinated community-based care, patients can find themselves passed between services (District Nursing, Intermediate Care and Social Care) which can be distressing to them and their loved ones.
All too often and despite excellent support from staff in an acute hospital setting, the end of life care that follows can feel disjointed and disheartening. Patients and those close to them are caught up in routine functionality of busy wards, where private moments are poorly achieved by the pull of a curtain.
Given the choice, many of those facing their last stages of life would opt for the welcome of a residential hospice environment that feels as close as home as possible.
An In-Patient facility (bedded hospice) at Treetops will champion the importance of individual choice alongside fair and fluid access to compassionate, co-ordinated and community-based care.
“Excellent care and dignity at the end-of-life is something we would all want for ourselves, our loved ones and for our community.
“It will be of great surprise to many that in a community the size of South Derbyshire and South Nottinghamshire (including one of the UK’s core cities), there are no independent hospice beds.
“For this reason, I am putting my support behind Treetops plans to develop an In-Patient Unit. Their reputation for excellent care matched against our communities’ very real need for such a facility makes this a very compelling case.”
Alex Norris MP, Nottingham North