Respite and response service

Respite and response service

Our respite and response service offers support to patients with life-limiting illness and carers at home. The team help people who want to be cared for at home, by offering their carers the support and rest they need to look after them.

The service aims to prevent unnecessary admission to hospital, providing respite or support to carers at a time of crisis, and allowing patients and their families’ options about their choices and wishes at end of life.

In 2013, the service was awarded a four year grant of £463,270 from the Big Lottery Fund allowing us to significantly extend the care we offer, to include patients and carers from across the whole of Ayrshire.

The respite and response team are care assistants who support carers throughout Ayrshire who look after family or friends with a life-limiting illness. They offer practical and psychological support to patients and carers at home, providing respite and responding to cases where an increase in the level of care is urgently needed. The service helps care to remain at home, when that is a patient’s wish.

A Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse from the Solas team will continue to assess and review all patients and carers being supported by the respite and response service.

Access to our respite and response service is by referral to the hospice from a GP or other healthcare professional. Following referral, the Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse will carry out a holistic assessment to identify the individual needs of each patient and/or their family and how we can best help them.

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