A service that allows Strathcarron Hospice patients to die at home received an exemplary report after an unannounced visit.
Hospice@Home lets people live out their final days in the comfort of their own house and impressed Care Inspectorate officials.
Service users told the inspectorate the service made a real difference to their lives and the staff were knowledgeable, allowing patients to die with respect.
The report said excellent training and support for the staff promoted outstanding outcomes for those using the service and their carers.
During their visit the Inspectorate spoke to four people who had used or were currently using the service and all were positive about their experiences.
In conclusion, the report said: “All staff must be commended for their work over the past year in establishing the service.
“The result of this was improved lives of people who have advanced illness and their families, helping them to live well in the final two weeks of life.”
Since launching in August last year, over 140 people have used the service and it recently received a National Lottery award for Best UK Health Project.
The award was voted for by the public and as a result won a £2000 grant.
One carer said of the Hospice@Home: “The staff are wonderful. They spent time showing me how to do simple things like positioning my relative in bed.
“This allowed my relative to stay at home and for me to continue as her main carer.”