The Rosemary Foundation is a small and local charity, providing care to individuals who wish to remain at home as life draws to a close. This service offers practical help, nursing care, emotional and counselling support, together with day and night sitting service and trained nurses available 24 hours a day. Care continues through the first year of bereavement. At the time of writing (January 2012) The Rosemary Foundation receives no statutory funding but provides a very cost effective service.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a national charity providing information, education and training, practical help, medical and financial support, together with some research. This service receives some statutory funding. Donations received are used to support the national charity. The Macmillan Team based in Midhurst is consultant led providing specialist palliative care to individuals, sometimes with complex symptom control needs. There is no trained nurse ‘on call’ available between 20:30 and 08:30 hours but counseling and a sitting service together with some nursing care are offered.
The Rosemary Foundation works collaboratively with the Macmillan service, both seeking to provide care that is patient based, effective and of the highest quality.