A palliative approach to care focuses on meeting a person’s and family’s complete needs – physical, psychosocial and spiritual – at all stages of a chronic progressive illness. Care can be provided at any time, not just in the last days of life. There are many options to where palliative and end of life care can be provided, in the home, hospital, long-term care facility or free-standing hospice.
An important part of home-based palliative care is assessing needs and planning care.
Assessing the strengths, preferences, and needs of adults who are receiving home-based palliative and end-of life care is an important part of home-base palliative care. Health care providers use evidence-informed assessment tools to evaluate pain, identify symptoms and determine how an individual can best be served from home-based palliative approach to care.
Care plans outline the patients’ needs, the types of palliative services they will receive, what member of the care team will provide the services and when. Developed with the individual and their caregiver(s), care plans define the activities, interventions and expected patient outcomes that should occur based on the patient’s assessed needs.