Palliative care

At the Guild, we provide palliative care services at home to people in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.  

We work closely with private clients and public sector representatives, including local authorities, NHS and HSE clients and case managers. Our experienced palliative care nurses and carers are able to support palliative care teams to support people in their own homes or in the community. Whether someone is coming home from hospital or hospice, or requires additional support for care already being delivered at home, we’ll ensure you have the right workers for your palliative care needs, even at short notice.

Home – the best place for palliative care

Palliative care is not the same as end-of-life care. As palliative care can continue for months or even years, our nurses and carers can support people in both the long and short term.

We understand that when someone does need palliative care, it can be difficult for the whole family. Our nurses and healthcare assistants can take care of all the physical and emotional support, leaving the family free to focus on the things that matter to them. We’ll address a person’s clinical needs while preserving their privacy, dignity, and independence.

What palliative care services does The Guild provide?

Our palliative care nurses are here whenever you need us, including at short notice or in an emergency. We can provide the following services: 

  • Reviewing the home to meet changing circumstances, liaising with other professionals where required
  • Assessing care needs and working with families
  • Liaising with GPs, palliative care teams, district nurses and other professionals to ensure continued holistic support
  • Managing breakthrough pain and any flare-ups to keep clients as comfortable as possible
  • Support rapid discharge from hospital or hospice, allowing loved ones to be cared for at home quickly and safely
  • Offering both practical and clinical support as required to help families spend more time at home with their loved ones
  • Providing reassurance to families that their loved ones are receiving the very best care
  • Supporting complex care, no matter the complexities

Whether you need us for four hours, 24 hours a day, or just overnight, we’re ready to support you with qualified, knowledgeable, and carefully vetted healthcare professionals for as long as you need.  

Who can we support?

We are able to support anyone living in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. Even if you live remotely, we’re here for you 24/7. 

Since 1995, we’ve worked with NHS, HSE, local authorities and private clients to provide full palliative care services while also providing nursing professionals to work alongside other care providers.

Whether you need a few hours of personal care or round-the-clock clinical support, we can build the right team around you.  

What makes our palliative care team different?

There are many reasons why people trust the Guild to provide at-home palliative care services in Scotland and Ireland. 

  • We are fully regulated by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland and the RQIA in Ireland, and have the highest rating for our services
  • Our Case Managers are registered nurses with a vast experience and knowledge
  • We’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact us at any time, and we’ll respond – quickly
  • No matter where you live, we’ll find the right nurses and healthcare assistants to support you for as long as you need them
  • Our fully trained, experienced, and vetted healthcare professionals ensure continuity of care from shift to shift
  • We’ll provide reliable, bespoke care, perfectly matched to your needs. We can visit you at home and carry out an assessment to help you decide what will work best
  • We can help any time, day, or night, whether your requirement is last-minute, unusual, remote, or difficult to cover
  • We work across Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, recruiting to standards that exceed local regulations and guidelines

How much does palliative care cost?

The cost of palliative care depends on your needs – we’ll build your care plan around you. Our team is always on hand to discuss the level of care required, and we’ll carry out a thorough assessment either at home or in hospital to be able to give you an accurate estimate of the costs.  

Palliative care case study

We were contacted directly by the family of an individual requiring palliative care. They required nursing support to ensure their relative could still enjoy family time. Our client was still keen to retain as much normality to their life as possible and our nurses respected this, ensuring discreet and professional care always. We continued to support this client until they passed away a few months later. The family were extremely grateful for our support and that they were able to spend invaluable time with their loved one knowing that he was in the best hands.

Get in touch

To arrange high-quality palliative care at home, please call our community team at any time of the day or night.

Or if you’re coordinating nursing staff in a hospital, nursing home or hospice setting, and you urgently need to find additional nursing staff to deliver palliative or end of life care at home please call on the relevant number below:

Talk to a member of our team

Scotland
0333 323 1917

Northern Ireland
0345 340 3902

Republic of Ireland
01 9023080

Our teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.