Community Palliative Care (at home)
Community palliative care service
Community Palliative Care services provide an interdisciplinary service which includes comprehensive assessments, nursing, grief & bereavement support and volunteer services. Care is based on comprehensive assessment of individual needs and the needs of family and carers.
Community Palliative Care provides also provides consultation to GP’s for complex care of pain and symptoms.
Referral to a community palliative care service is indicated for complex pain and symptoms or when care needs increase beyond an existing management plan. The teams provide support for people with palliative care needs, their families and carers to enable care provided whilst remaining in their own home.
The team members work very closely with other healthcare providers, including GPs, Specialists and palliative care consultancy services to ensure collaborative quality of care. Nursing care may be shared with the community nurses/District Nurses.
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- symptom management – for example, for pain and nausea
- an after-hours triage and advice line
- emotional and practical support
- information – for example, where and how to access respite services, financial assistance, other.
- equipment loans
- referral to appropriate services
- grief and bereavement support
- volunteer support
- Advance Care Planning
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