People experiencing homelessness suffer from poor health disproportionately. They experience many barriers to health care, often dying 30 years younger than people who are housed. These deaths are often unplanned, with care being crisis-led and access to palliative care is very unusual.
We want to reach people earlier on in their illness and improve the quality of care for those with advanced ill health.
Our service can help individuals experiencing homelessness in lots of ways:
- Information giving to make informed decisions
- Case management, advocacy and social support
- Reconnecting with loved ones
- Free use of iPads to to promote engagement with health services
- Specialist end of life care
Homelessness and loss: counselling service
We provide free counselling to people who are homeless themselves, or staff working in the homelessness sector who have experienced a loss of any kind.
Our counsellor can come to you, and we have flexible appointment times, drop-in clinics and one-off sessions. We also have access to interpreting services if English is not your first language.
Support for staff and teams
We support anyone who works with someone experiencing homelessness who has advanced ill health.
We can also provide training tailored to the needs of each team, which could include:
- How to identify clients of concern
- Palliative and end of life care and how it can help
- Care planning in temporary accommodation
- Bereavement support, self-care and resilience
Making a referral
If you’re concerned about someone whose health is getting worse, that’s enough reason to make a referral. You can also make a referral to the counselling service. Download and fill in the referral form on our referrals page.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss training, please get in touch with:
Niamh Brophy, Homeless Palliative Care Coordinator