Care @ Home Project
The aim of the Care @ Home Project is to provide additional support to people affected by cancer, Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, COPD and Heart Failure, allowing them to remain cared for at home while working with other existing palliative care support services.
Kilbryde Hospice, St Andrews Hospice and The Haven are working collaboratively to cover most of South Lanarkshire. The Care @ Home Service provides emotional support to help improve quality of life by providing complementary therapies, a listening ear and signposting to other agencies if needed.
The Care @ Home Specialist Nurse offers clients 1:1 support within their own homes in a supportive and caring manner, identifying and assessing specific needs. The Care @ Home nurse is the key contact person within the team who can provide knowledge and support appropriate to each individual client.
The Care @ Home Team has a dedicated team of qualified complementary therapists who provide reiki, aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, reflexology and massage. The therapies are provided in clients own home.
The Care @ Home volunteers provide informal support and a “listening ear” to clients in their home allowing carers “time for themselves”.
Ongoing support and aftercare
Following bereavement –where need has been identified clients will continue to receive ongoing support from the Care @ Home Nurse, therapist and volunteer befriender for a period of time identified by the Care @ Home Nurse.
- Referral to service to be made by Health or Social Care Practitioner.
- Client will be contacted by Care @ Home nurse to arrange suitable appointment for initial visit.
- After initial assessment the Nurse will identify and discuss appropriate therapeutic support.
- Complementary therapies will consist of six sessions. Following final session the nurse will review and reassess need for further complementary therapies.
- Ongoing Nurse support via telephone or face to face is offered to clients.
- The Care @ Home nurse will identify a suitable volunteer befriender (if requested) that matches the needs of the client.
The project operates Monday to Friday 10am—4pm. This is not an emergency service, our focus is on preventative and anticipatory care to achieve long term benefit for all.