Care at home
Most people with a life limiting illness want to stay living in their own homes and our community palliative care services are here to help you do that
As we deal with the coronavirus pandemic our top priority is your safety. Because of this all of the support we provide for people at home will be delivered over the phone. Staff will only be making visits where absolutely necessary and will follow government guidance around using personal protective equipment such as aprons, gloves and masks.
Community palliative care
We cover the London boroughs of Bromley and Croydon and parts of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
Our staff work alongside GPs and district nurses offering symptom control advice and helping patients and families to adjust to their situation. Our services are aimed at supporting you and your close friends and family throughout your illness with whatever is important to you.
Once you have been referred, one of our nurses will see you to assess your needs. If you are not able to manage the journey to our Sydenham or Orpington sites, your nurse will see you at home.
You will be assigned a clinical nurse specialist who will work closely with your GP and coordinate the different services involved in your care. This may include:
- social workers
- welfare officers
- occupational therapists
- spiritual care lead
- speech therapists
- volunteer led practical and emotional support and companionship via Helpings Hands, Compassionate Neighbours and Care with Compassion
- bereavement support volunteers.
Ongoing home visits will be arranged as appropriate. Subsequent visits often take place in the St Christopher’s clinic suite which is part of the Anniversary Centre at the hospice in Sydenham or at the Caritas Centre in Orpington. We look forward to welcoming you to the Anniversary Centre or the Caritas Centre where you can enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and see first-hand the wide range of individual and group activities and therapies on offer.
You can also access other services in the Anniversary Centre or Caritas Centre, such as music, art and complementary therapies and social and group activities. You can have help with bathing or join in the rehabilitation gym to help maintain strength and balance.
For urgent medical problems overnight or at the weekend that can’t wait until the next working day, call St Christopher’s Home Care team on 020 8768 4500