Palliative Care in the Community

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Studies show that people facing serious illness prefer to be in their own environment. Palliative care in the community setting (defined here as care outside of the hospital) therefore focuses on providing palliative care through established delivery systems, such as home care and hospice, as well as collaborative partnerships with service agencies and individual clinicians. The point is to maintain a person’s life at home or place of residence by maximizing quality of life, optimizing function and providing care that supports their goals and preferences. Learn more below.

Palliative Care in the Community: Leveraging the CAPC Curriculum

CAPC Consultant Connie Dahlin describes how the CAPC Curriculum can help programs that palliative care in the community setting.

Who, Where and When

People may need palliative care in a community setting if they:

  • Don’t meet criteria for hospital admission, yet need support
  • Are too well for home care and yet also do not meet the criteria for hospice
  • Are frail and elderly and want to stay out of the hospital
  • Have a child with a serious illness and chronic care needs that negatively impacts quality of life

Palliative care in the community can be delivered at home, residential homes, long term care settings, outpatient clinics, individual clinics and office practices. Currently, however, there are not enough palliative care support systems to enable high quality palliative care – or to promote it. To fully develop the support systems and partnerships necessary to deliver this level of care in the community takes needs assessment, planning, development and implementation.

Palliative care can relieve suffering and support quality of life for nursing home residents and their families. This CAPC report provides an overview of nursing home models for palliative care, a framework for quality program design, and strategies for overcoming barriers to nursing home palliative care.

Improving Palliative Care in Nursing Homes

Integrating Palliative Care into the Long Term Care Setting

Melanie Marien of Centers Health Care discuss how to integrate palliative care into the long term care setting and why it is important.

CAPC has the tools and resources to help make this possible. Both specialists and primary clinicians can access CAPC tools, training and technical assistance through our courses, or through a variety of webinars, virtual office hours and topic-specific forums that allow you to network with other palliative care professionals. See below for more information. We look forward to supporting you and your entire organization help people access palliative care where they live and need it most.

Member organizations can take a deep dive into community-based palliative care through our online curriculum and courses, or through a variety of webinars, virtual office hours, topic-specific discussion forums and more. CAPC Designation is also available to all frontline clinicians. To log in  CAPC Central, click here. To become a member organization, click here.