Marie Curie supportive care at home service
The Marie Curie supportive care at home service provides practical, emotional and physical support to patients and their carers when suffering from a life limiting illness. Patients may be in hospital/hospice and express a wish to go home or when at home may require additional care and support. The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and aims to provide individualised packages of care offering the choice for patients to be cared for at home where possible. This may include additional care and support when the patient is approaching the last days of life. Examples include:-
- Provision of a staff member who can stay with the patient overnight to allow the family/carer to get some rest.
- Provision of a qualified nurse to stay with the patient to provide pain/symptom management.
Why would someone choose the service
- When a person is approaching the last days of their life, the supportive care at home service aims to support them and their family in their preferred place of care, enabling the person to die at home in their own familiar surroundings
- To provide a supportive presence at home, with care provided by appropriately trained staff
- To provide care which enables the family to go out or have some much needed rest at night
- To provide a quick response when a person is in the last few days of their life, offering care that is tailor made to the person’s needs
- The supportive care at home service was the winner of the Trust’s Excellence in Clinical Care Award in 2012
- Positive feedback from carers and families: “Thank you so much for all your help and support, without this my mum wouldn’t have been able to achieve her wish of dying at home, you provided care at such a challenging time”
Staff you may meet
- Non-clinical support staff
- Nursing assistant