The Marie Curie/St Luke's Relative Support Scheme: a home care service for relatives of the terminally ill.


A hospice-based scheme for the support of relatives of dying patients is described. The majority of carers were females and almost a third of them elderly. Most patients were suffering from malignancy. Relatives reported a high level of satisfaction with the help they received from the scheme, but late referral was a common source of dissatisfaction. A… (More)