Palliative Care Home Support Program
The Palliative Care Home Support Program
The Palliative Care Home Support Program provides end of life care for patients who wish to die at home or to remain at home for as long as possible. A package of up to 48 hours of specialised supportive palliative home-based care, day or night, is provided by specially trained community care workers who work as part of the existing multidisciplinary Community Palliative Care team, Community Nursing team or Residential Aged Care team.
Care provided under the package is determined by the patient and their family in consultation with a Care Coordinator as nominated by the referrer and may include assistance with personal hygiene and domestic assistance – providing carers with vital support during the end of life stage. In consultation with the Care Coordinator and the patient’s GP, it may also include basic nursing care. The delivery of end of life care may be consecutive hours or may be spread over several weeks.
Please refer to the following documents for more information:
Contact the Palliative Care Home Support Program with any enquiries about the program, eligibility and availability.
P: 1300 884 304
F: 1300 882 807
Palliative Care Home Support Program Care Worker Training
To be eligible to work with patients as part of the Palliative Care Home Support Program, care workers must have undertaken training specific to the task. This training is provided by HammondCare over two days. Topics include the essence of palliative care, communication, and grief and loss.
More information on the Palliative Care Home Support Program Care Worker Training.
Palliative Care Bridge
The Palliative Care Bridge is a state-wide, palliative care online education program coordinated and delivered by the HammondCare Consortium, comprising HammondCare, Sacred Heart Health Service and Calvary Healthcare Sydney.
In 2013, the HammondCare Consortium received three years of funding from the NSW Ministry of Health to deliver the Palliative Care Home Support Program to seven NSW LHDs, as well as evaluation of the home support program and a state-wide palliative care education program. This website hosts relevant resources and innovative educational videos, delivered by experts in the palliative care field.