The aim of the specialist palliative homecare nursing service is to focus on the quality of life which includes good symptom control, a holistic approach that takes into account the person's life experience and current situation, care that encompasses both the dying person and those who matter to that person, and an emphasis on open and sensitive communication, which extends to patients, carers and professionals. We endeavour to provide a seamless system of care for patients and relatives from time of diagnosis of cancer / motor neuron disease to death or discharge from the service.
"Life has taught me three things: The first is that I cannot escape my own death or the deaths of the people I love. The second is that no human being can be reduced to what we see, or think we see. Any person is infintely larger, and deeper, than our narrow judgements can discern. And third: He or she can never be considered to have uttered the final work on anything, is always developing, always has the power of self-fulfillment, and a capacity for self-transformation through all the crises and trials of life". Marie de Hennenzel (1997) Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us to Live. Little, Brown and Company, London, p19.