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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ipswich Hospice?
Ipswich Hospice is a seven-bed community owned health care facility, providing palliative care to terminally ill people and their families.  Nursing care is provided in the home-like environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Can anyone access Hospice?
Guests at Hospice can be referred through their GP, hospital, health facility or simply self-refer, and must have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and be in the final phase of their illness (up to three months).  Appropriateness of admission with respect to our resources is determined by the Clinical Manager and Palliative Care Consultant.
The interactive Admission Referral Form can be found by following clicking the following link Interactive PDF Referral Form.  This can then be sent to Hospice for review and approval.
What other services does Hospice offer?
Hospice offers numerous additional services to the Ipswich community. They include: Bereavement Support Services such as Drop-in-Centre and Peer Support Groups.  Also available are Complementary Therapies within Palliative Care.
How is Hospice funded?
Hospice is partly funded by State and Commonwealth grants and the balance of funding comes from generous donations, payroll deductions, fundraising events, and funds raised through “Friends of Hospice” Bookshop.  Hospice can also claim a portion of Guest care through Department of Veteran Affairs and Private Health funds for those guests who are eligible.
What costs are involved to access services at Hospice?
Hospice has a “no set fee” for Guest Care or Bereavement Support.
Although Hospice can claim a portion of the expenses through Department of Veteran Affairs and Private Health funds for those Guests who are eligible, unfortunately this covers only some of the costs involved in Guest care.  The real cost of Guest care exceeds $750 per day therefore the vast majority of costs are met through donations and fundraising.
Hospice needs and requests financial help from the families accessing it’s services therefore we appreciate regular donations, if possible, during the Guest’s stay with us.
The grief and bereavement programs offered by Hilda’s House also have “no set fee” so donations are requested for community members accessing these services.
What is Friends of Hospice?
Friends of Hospice is a wonderful auxiliary of Hospice, established in 1996.  It is run by Volunteers to raise funds for the purchase of equipment and resources for our guests and their families. Friends of Hospice operates a Bookshop in Brisbane Street.  Your patronage is most welcome.  For more information please visit the Friends of Hospice page.
How can I help?
Assistance is welcomed in many different ways including donations, volunteering, payroll deductions, supporting the second hand bookshop, bequests, memberships and/or sponsorship.
Who do I contact for more information?
Contact with staff and volunteers can be made by phoning (07) 3812 0063 or emailing info@ipswichhospice.org.au