Our organisation was formed in response to the needs of the dying and their carers and families in our community. It was started by a group of people including the recently retired specialist in Palliative Care, Dr Eric Fairbank AM and Palliative Care nurse Deidre Bidmade.
They recognised there was a gap in the services provided to palliative care patients and that many who wished to die at home could not be due to the need for additional support in the home which was not available at the time. The support was not of a medical nature but assistance to lift the burden from carers and family.
This support is now provided by volunteers, in our ‘Hospice in the Home’ program, who are specifically trained to give the additional assistance needed to prevent carer burnout. Planning for the service and raising of funds from the community began in 2010 and the service became operational in October 2015.