Joan's story Joan has always been very open about her life limiting illness. She is definite about her desire to remain at home to die. Her husband Kenneth is keen to support her but is unsure and worried about how he will manage. As Joan’s health deteriorates, other support services are organised and an experienced hospice care assistant from our respite and response team starts to visit. They are able to reassure, explain and stay for extended periods of time supporting Kenneth to fulfil Joan’s desire to stay at home.