The support team offer support to relatives in coping with the emotional and practical implications of the patient’s illness and prognosis.
This may involve:
- Assisting with a variety of practical needs including; anticipatory care planning, working in partnership with community based staff and other relevant agencies or other hospice professionals to achieve patient goals, identifying carer needs and making referrals to carer support organisations where appropriate.
- Facilitating improved communications between patients and their families and between individual family members.
- Supporting patients and family members coping with anticipatory grief and related issues.