Within our two key services of Living Well and Hospice Care at Home, our Community team gives patients, their families and carers, access to high quality, compassionate care in the place they most want to be…at home, or in their care home or community hospital and at day sessions in the Beacon Centre. These services bring the skills and expertise of our specialist palliative consultants and doctors, nurses, patient and family advisors, Pastoral Care team, therapists, advisors and counsellors straight into your home. They will assess your needs, offer advice on managing complex symptoms, assist with advance care planning, provide physical and psychological care, provide access to information and therapies tailored to your needs, and those of your family or carer, and also support you at the end of life.
The Community team works closely with GPs, district nurses and other hospital healthcare professionals involved in your care. Our Hospice Care at Home team – registered nurses and health care assistants – support very ill patients, providing nursing and personal care, helping them and their family cope with the final few weeks and days of life at home. The team supports the District Nursing team, who hold the central role in the delivery of care in the last days of life for our patients at home, with specialist support, care and advice. We provide care during the day as well as some overnight care during the last days of life, to support people’s wishes to die at home.
To enable patients to stay at home, sometimes for much longer than would otherwise be possible, we also provide volunteer support to patients and their families in their own homes through our Home Support service and work with other health care professionals to support rapid discharges from hospital and help reduce unplanned hospital admissions.