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End of Life care – Co-ordination Centre

End of Life care – Co-ordination Centre

The end of life coordination centre provides a single point for health and social care professionals to access urgent care and support for people who are in the last few weeks or days of life. The coordination centre will act as a link between professionals, carers and service users, ensuring that packages of care arranged are timely and meet the needs of the service user, carer and families.

This page also provides links to information and advice that can support service users and carers with a life limiting condition.

Who is this service for?

The end of life coordination centre supports adults over 18 who have a life limiting illness, are registered with a South Gloucestershire GP and who are in the last few weeks or days of life.

The information on this webpage will provide information to anyone with a life limiting illness and their carers/families on a range of subjects.

How does this service work / what's involved in this service?

Any health or social care professional can refer to the end of life care coordination centre, for help in arranging rapid access to care and support in the community.

Care may be provided from the following services :

Palliative Care Home Support (PCHS)
Marie Curie Support Workers
St Peters Hospice at Home Service

These 3 services offer specially trained support workers that work with people as they near the end of their life. The staff may work in pairs or by themselves depending on the service and the person’s needs.

These staff are used to working in a person’s home and providing physical and emotional support to both the service user and carer. The length of their visits, frequency and how long the service is provided will depend on the service user’s needs.

In addition, care may also be provided by domiciliary care support workers. These care workers work closely with service users and their families on a regular basis and may be involved initially. As a person’s needs increase, it may be more appropriate for specially trained support workers in end of life care to become involved.

The coordination centre can also access overnight care for people at home. This may be used to give carers a break for a night or two, for example. This can often help carers to continue to support their loved one at home.

The End of Life Coordination Centre will also act as a link between professionals, service users and families. For example, this may consist of ringing service users or carers to let them know what care has been arranged, to check if the right amount of care is being provided or assisting in providing equipment to support the person and carer.

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