What a great Compassionate Neighbours makeover! The St Josephs hospice initiative is now offering “friendship and a listening ear” to anyone who asks for this — rather than focusing only on people at the end of life. This will surely increase the referrals.
It may even mean that people who doctors might label as at the ‘end of life’ get help earlier.
Those who contact the new improved Compassionate Neighbours will be given information about a wide range of local services. Anyone who is nearing the end of life can be offered the ongoing excellent Compassionate Neighbours end-of-life service.
I already commented on the first ever randomised trial of effectiveness of volunteers at the end of life. This had problems getting enough referrals. I think the Compassionate Neighbours makeover will help with this sort of problem.
Individuals and families — especially people with long term conditions — don’t like being told they are close to, or at, the ‘end of life’.
They are, after all, spending more time time living than dying.
Maybe other end-of-life services need to learn from the Compassionate Neighbours makeover?