End of Life Care

Fonthill House, St Albans

Being a resident at Fonthill House is all about living the best possible life with the support, stimulation and care that is necessary to keep you being you! We believe that to live well is also to die well.

Towards the end of life, we do all that we can to uphold your dignity and to care for you in a way that you consider appropriate, both culturally and spiritually. We aim to avert crises and avoid hospital admissions at a time when you should be in the comfort of familiar surroundings, cared for by people who you know and trust. Advance care planning conducted in a sensitive and timely manner is crucial to achieving this. In situations when someone is no longer able to make decisions for themselves due to lost capacity, we ensure that these conversations take place with the nominated power of attorney in a time frame that avoids any stressful last-minute situations.

Prior to this, we will ensure that we know your preferences and wishes. This person-centred approach not only guarantees that your individual needs  are at the heart of how we care for you, but that your loved ones are also cared for, welcomed day and night and clearly and consistently communicated with. 

Our GP, Dr Waites, is passionate about end of life care and amongst the nursing team there is considerable palliative nursing experience. This ensures good symptom management as an absolute priority — but also an approach to care that is unfaltering in its compassion and humanity.