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Outreach

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. Care delivered locally can promote resilience in families through reinforcement of the child-family-community triangle*

* Action for Children 2007

High quality of care in the location of your choice

At Acorns we offer a choice of where we deliver care for a child and support for the family from inhospice or outreach teams in the community or both and in conjunction with those outside of Acorns (e.g. community and acute services) to provide families with a range of support options.

What does the outreach service include?

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Who will this service be provided by?

The service, led by an outreach nurse lead at each hospice, provides a tailored package of clinical care is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team comprising registered children’s nurses, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, family team workers and trained volunteers.

When is the service available?

Between 10am- 2pm, Monday – Friday during term time only.

Who can use this service?

Any child who has been accepted as an Acorns client.

How does it benefit your family?

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. In addition it 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.

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