Understandably perhaps, many people imagine that the majority of care provided by Strathcarron takes place in the building itself so you might be surprised to learn this is not the case. Although the Hospice itself has and always will remain the hub of activity much work goes on 'behind closed doors' in the homes of people who have a progressive illness or condition.

Every day 'behind closed doors' our team of dedicated Community Nurse Specialists are out and about caring for their patients. To be more approachable, and less clinical, in a home setting they do not wear uniform so you may never have seen them but in reality, there are 16 Community Nurse Specialists in your area.

The CNS team is continuing to offer home visits, telephone and video support, depending on the needs of patients and their families. At the moment it is, of course, necessary for them to wear full PPE when making a visit. They help to work through important issues and give support with managing the condition and symptom control, perhaps preventing an admission to hospital. They are also very experienced in listening to how a person feels and identifying wishes about future care. They work closely with GP's, Community Nurses and the wider medical team at the Hospice so they are in a position to refer the person to other services, such as physiotherapy or complimentary therapy. In general, most people are referred to this service through their own GP.

During the pandemic the Clinical Nurse Specialists have also been involved with supporting the wider community, such as Care Home staff in an effort to share their expertise and help in these most difficult of times.

We aim to give the people of Forth Valley the very best care when and where needed and where better than in your own home. Thanks to continued financial support from the general public we aim to continue to do this today and for many generations to come.

For more information about our Hospice services offered at home please visit At home | Strathcarron Hospice