What is a hospice?


A hospice service cares for a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing at the end of life, and supports carers and loved ones.

Hospice care is a style of community-based palliative care that honours the hope for comfort, choice, dignity, and peace at the end of life. Care is provided in a person’s home or in a home-like environment, in a way that welcomes and encourages the involvement of family and friends.

What is Fitzroy Community Hospice?

Fitzroy Community Hospice is a not-for-profit charitable organisation working towards the establishment of a hospice service in Central Queensland. The hospice intends to provide end of life and respite care on-site in a 12 bed home-like facility that is peaceful and surrounded by gardens. Community outreach care by palliative care nurses 24/7 will also be a key component, this will support and enable patients to stay at home if this is their wish.

Holistic support services including bereavement support will be provided for patients, families, and carers. It is envisaged that all services will be free of charge and will be available to people of all ages with an advanced life-limiting condition, not just those with cancer.

Care will be primarily provided for those living in the wider Rockhampton region & Livingstone Shire, however transitional care for other Central Queensland residents is likely. Fitzroy Community Hospice will collaborate with existing specialist and community-based palliative care services and seek to improve integration and coordination of patient care. Community support will be crucial, and volunteers will play a vital role.

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