Care

Community Palliative Care Team

Offering choice when it matters

The St. Michael’s Community Palliative Care Team offer specialized nursing care within a patient’s home. We understand that, for some people, the thought of going into a Hospice can be unsettling, and, for patients’ families, it can often make a worrying situation seem even harder to deal with.

Our philosophy at St. Michael’s Hospice is to always offer our patients a choice about the type of care they receive.  If they wish to stay in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their home, the Community Palliative Care Team will ensure that they get the necessary emotional, psychological and practical nursing care that they need.

It can be a difficult subject to talk about but we believe that every person who is faced with life-limiting illness has the right to choose where they die. If that is at home, then we will do everything we can to fulfil that wish.

Community Palliative Care Team works closely with other clinical professionals based in the community to support patients who choose to stay at home. The service  offers patients and carers access to specialist advice and nursing visits.

Like all of St. Michael’s Hospice's services, Community Palliative Care Team is provided free of charge with the majority of funding coming from the support of the local community. For more information on how services are funded, please read more here.

Is the Community Palliative Care Team service available to me?

Patients who have an advanced progressive disease, irrespective of their gender, sexuality, ethnicity or disability, and who meet the following criteria, are eligible to be referred to St. Michael’s Community Palliative Care Team service:

  • If the patient is aged 18 years or over
  • If the patient has specialist palliative care needs (e.g. management of symptoms, psychological support)
  • If the patient wishes to remain at home as far as their illness and symptoms allow
  • If the carer requires support on a planned basis to better enable them to continue to care for the patient