A District Nurse at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has shared her expertise in the British Journal of Community Nursing about how best to support homeless people with end-of-life care.
Titled ‘The challenges homeless people face when accessing end-of-life care: what district nurses need to know’, Helen Barnes explores the homeless community’s healthcare barriers and how Community Nurses are well-placed to provide person-centred care.
The article sets out how homeless people experience a backdrop of health inequalities and lower life expectancy because of risks such as substance misuse and poor nutrition and sanitation, which can increase pain at the end-of-life.
Helen identifies how joint working within community services, including Community Nurses, could provide more opportunities to meet the health needs of homeless people, including:
With end-of-life care being a key part of a Community Nurses’ role, the publication draws on recommendations to improve the offer to those experiencing homelessness:
It’s a privilege to be able to speak so frank and openly about some of the challenges our homeless people experience when trying to access services.
“Bolton has a wonderful Homeless and Vulnerable Adult Nursing team that work closely with Bolton Council and offer a range of services to support this vulnerable population.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has job opportunities available online to join the Community Nursing teams.