In the advanced stages of cancer, patients may choose to receive care and support in their homes to maximise their quality of life for as long as possible. Patients may choose to do so to spend their days with their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes.
Once a cancer patient has been referred to and accepted under our care, a primary nurse will be assigned to manage treatment. The primary nurse will contact the patient and his/her caregiver to arrange for an initial clinical assessment in the patient’s residence as soon as possible to ensure that continued care is provided to the patient after being diagnosed and/or discharged.
The initial assessment will evaluate:
- the clinical condition of the patient
- the emotional state of patient and caregiver
- the patient’s rehabilitation needs
Following the initial assessment, the clinical team will advise on the necessary intervention(s) to manage the patient’s symptoms and make regular visits to check in on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of patients and their families.
Where necessary, the clinical team will make referrals for therapists to visit patients and assess their condition in their residences, who will then recommend activities and exercises to help patients maintain their function and strength in their daily lives. Hospice home care also includes home modification and caregiver training.