Dying well at home: the case for integrated working

Practice example 1: Carers’ Befriending Service, Central Lancashire Cancer Partnership Group

The Carers’ Befriending Service is a free service developed by hospice social workers and provided by trained volunteers who sit with a cared-for person in the carer’s absence. The cared-for person must have a palliative diagnosis, be mainly housebound and socially isolated. The volunteer can sit with the cared-for person in their own home for up to four hours a week.

The service aims to:

Implementation of the service included:

The service started in September 2011.

Carers have taken breaks to attend medical appointments, relax or shop. Befrienders have provided psychological support to the cared-for person and their carer. The scheme links the cared-for person, their carer and the Family Support Team at the hospice. Befrienders have sat with the cared-for person in the final days of life and at death. Others have supported cared-for people when admitted as inpatients.

Cheryl Scott, Family Support Manager, St Catherine’s Hospital.


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