Research shows that for many families it is important that palliative care, whether in the home or the hospice, is delivered in the locality close to family, friends and support networks. Palliative care delivered locally can promote resilience in families through the reinforcement of the child-family-community triangle.*
*Action for Children 2007
Acorns Outreach Service allows us to offer a choice of where we deliver care for a child and support for the family. Care and support may be received in a hospice, through our Outreach teams in the community or both, and can also be delivered in conjunction with those outside of Acorns (e.g. community and acute services). This provides families with a range of support options to suit their needs.
The service is led by an Outreach Nurse Lead at each hospice and provides a tailored package of clinical care. It is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team comprising registered children’s nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists and trained volunteers.
In our experience the provision of specialist nursing care and advice in the home maximises the ability of the whole family to enjoy life, enabling them to function more effectively through their child’s illness. Outreach support can also reduce the feeling of social isolation for the child and their family and can offer extra support at difficult times to help families to cope, for example, in hospital settings or on discharge and return to the family home.