We will often visit you in your home or care home to find out how your illness is affecting you – physically, emotionally and socially – and to try to improve your problems or difficulties through medications, therapies, counselling, practical advice and information, or through any other means that we have at our disposal. Supporting your family and friends who may also be affected by your illness is also very important to us.
The visit will be undertaken by one of our advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs), who are specialist nurses in palliative care, and similar to Macmillan Nurses (you may have heard of these). If necessary you may also be visited by other members of the community team e.g. palliative care doctors, occupational therapists, pharmacist etc. Your specialist nurse may also arrange for you to visit our Day Centre where other services may be beneficial to you.
We aim to have two or three of our specialist nurses working in your locality with your GP, so as far as possible you will see the same nurse, or a nurse known to you, each time you receive a visit. Each home visit will last up to an hour and you are welcome to invite a family member or friend to be with you.
As long as your care needs require home visits by our specialist nurses and other members of our community team these will continue, and outpatient clinic appointments made if considered necessary for additional support. If your condition deteriorates the nurse can arrange for admission to the Specialist Inpatient Care Unit at Sobell House or the acute hospital as appropriate.