How Home-Based Palliative Care Teams Help See the Big Picture
Publication: HomeCare Magazine
Article: How Home-Based Palliative Care Teams Help See the Big Picture
Featuring: Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN
Throughout the health care community, there is increasing recognition of the significant impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on individual health and quality of life. COVID-19 has exacerbated social isolation and loneliness, limited food access, and highlighted financial, housing and employment insecurities and transportation issues. For people with serious illnesses, COVID-19 has a significant impact on SDoH. Moreover, social distancing measures have created additional social barriers to healing for those living at home.
Fortunately, there are a growing number of nonmedical initiatives emerging to address the broader social and environmental factors that influence health that are focused on care in the home. One example is the role of home-based palliative care (HBPC) to provide support to people with serious illness and their caregivers.