Our Care at Home
St Luke's at home offers specialist advice and support to people with a progressive life limiting illness. We see people in their own homes, including residential care and nursing homes, nurse led clinics and community hospitals.
The team consists of specialist staff who are trained in end of life care, including St Luke’s nurses, social workers and occupational therapists. We work in partnership with patients, carers, your GP and other health and social care agencies, and your own GP will remain responsible for your care, even when the St Luke's team are involved.
The care and support that the team offers includes:
Specialist advice about any complex symptoms you may experience
Help and guidance with financial and social problems
Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
Practical help and guidance to enable you to maximise your independence and help those who care for you
Liasing with other professionals, such as social services, occupational therapists and hospital teams to provide additional support where it's needed
Signposting to other St Luke's services or community services
Which areas do we cover?
Our catchment area is the City of Plymouth and surrounding areas of South West Devon, including those around Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Ivybridge, Tavistock and the Moors.
How can you access this service?
To access this service, initially, you will need to be referred by a GP, hospital doctor, district nurse, palliative care teams or other health professionals.
Do people have to pay?
No, the care of St Luke's at home to patients and families is free of charge. However, St Luke’s is a registered charity and receives only a small part of its funding from the NHS.