Services offered by UK Hospices
Palliative Care Services are provided by specialist multidisciplinary palliative care teams and include:
- Assessment, advice and care for patients and families in all care settings, including hospitals and care homes.
- Specialist in-patient facilities (in hospices or hospitals) for patients who benefit from the continuous support and care of specialist palliative care teams
- Intensive co-ordinated home support for patients with complex needs who wish to stay at home.
* This may involve the specialist palliative care service providing specialist advice alongside the patientâ€™s own doctor and district nurse to enable someone to stay in their own home.
* Many teams also now provide extended specialist palliative nursing, medical, social and emotional support and care in the patientâ€™s home, often known as â€˜hospice at homeâ€™.
- Day care facilities that offer a range of opportunities for assessment and review of patientsâ€™ needs and enable the provision of physical, psychological and social interventions within a context of social interaction, support and friendship. Many also offer creative and complementary therapies.
- Advice and support to all the people involved in a patientâ€™s care.
- Bereavement support services which provide support for the people involved in a patientâ€™s care following the patientâ€™s death.
- Education and training in palliative care.
The specialist teams should include palliative medicine consultants and palliative care nurse specialists together with a range of expertise provided by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers and those able to give spiritual and psychological support.
This information is reproduced with the kind permission of the National Council of Palliative Care.