Care at home
Many people with a serious or life-limiting illness would prefer to remain in their own home. At St Joseph’s Hospice, we do our very best to help our patients to continue to do this, if that is what they want.
Home care at St Joseph's Hospice is provided by our Community Palliative Care Team (CPCT). They provide care, advice and support to people facing life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses in a variety of settings including: in patients’ own homes, in care homes, and in other residential settings. They work closely with GPs and district nurses out in the community to help deliver your care.
The CPCT Team
The Community Palliative Care Team includes a range of professionals, for example:
- clinical nurse specialists (CNS)
- occupational therapists
- social workers
- specialist doctors.
They provide expert guidance on symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, tiredness and loss of appetite. They also can provide you with supportive care on social, emotional and spiritual matters. They may be involved at an early stage of your illness or at a later stage.
What happens if I am referred to the CPCT Team?
The team will meet to talk about your health and the care you need now and may need in the future. They’ll also decide which professionals you will need to see. This might be a clinical nurse specialist (CNS), a physiotherapist or a social worker, or one of the other members of the team. They will visit you at home to make an initial assessment and plan any further visits, as necessary. They will listen and get to know what is important to you, providing the support and advice you need. After this first visit you will be able to contact St Joseph’s Hospice at any time by telephone and the community team will visit you when appropriate.
How can I access these services?
St Joseph’s Hospice provides community palliative care nursing across the City of London and the boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.
If you or someone you know has a life-limiting condition and might benefit from St Joseph’s Hospice community palliative care, please contact our First Contact Team on 0300 30 30 400.
How much will this cost me?
We are a registered charity and all of our services are provided to you FREE of charge.
Will my GP still be involved in my care?
Yes. Your GP remains in charge of your care at home. They will continue to take responsibility for your prescriptions and we advise that you ask your GP for any repeat prescriptions you may need. We will work closely with your GP but it is important you let us know about any changes to your medications or treatment plan. Please contact your GP or district nurse if you have run out of medications or need dressings.
If you would like to make a referral, please call our First Contact Team on 0300 30 30 400.
Please view our new Community Palliative Care Team flickbook to understand more about the services offered.