Home-based support for palliative care families: challenges and recommendations

Med J Aust. 2003 Sep 15;179(S6):S35-7. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05576.x.


Providing adequate supportive services for the families of palliative care patients is a core principle of palliative care. Caring for a patient with terminal illness at home involves a considerable commitment on the part of family caregivers, and attention must be given to the caregiver's needs as well as those of the patient. Although a home death may be preferred by patients and promoted by healthcare agencies as a cost-effective option, it may be an ideal that is not often realised. Enhanced supportive care strategies can ameliorate the challenges facing families of palliative care patients cared for at home. All health professionals need to improve the standard of family-centred palliative care, and more evidence-based approaches are required.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers
  • Family
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care*
  • Social Support