Care In Your Home
Our Community Specialist Palliative Care Team is a group of specially trained nurses who provide professional palliative care expertise and support to patients and their families in the comfort of their own home.
Who is it available to?
Many patients wish to remain in their own home, close to family and loved ones for as long as possible. The relief of symptoms and psychological support are key elements in enabling many patients to remain at home.
How do I access this service?
Referral to our Specialist Palliative Home Care Team is made through:
– The Patient’s General Practitioner (GP)
– The Hospital Consultant/Palliative Care Team
What services are offered?
The Foyle Hospice Community Specialist Palliative Care Team are nurses who provide specialist palliative care and support to patients in their own home. These nurses work as part of a team, liaising closely with GP’s, District Nurses, Hospital Palliative Care Teams and other professionals. Our team of dedicated, experienced nurses offer an invaluable service to patients who are managing their symptoms or spending their last weeks and days in the comfort of their own home.
What happens at the first visit?
The nurse will call at your home and meet you and your family. He/she will discuss any physical or emotional symptoms you may have, take note of present medications and following liaison with your GP advice on changes required to alleviate the symptoms. A follow-up visit will then be arranged.
When am I discharged?
When satisfactory symptom control is established and you are coping with your diagnosis it may be possible to discharge you back to the care of your GP and District Nurse.