We run two registered care homes aiming to provide a high level of care to older men with complex needs, including poor physical health. These care homes provide a long term secure environment for residents who have been homeless or slept rough during their lives.
Our care homes are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England, which ensures that services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care.
Living on the streets can leave people with premature aging, frailty and life limiting health conditions, yet to date the needs of this group have not been well met by the social care system.
We have seen first-hand how the right care, delivered in the right place, can be transformative in improving a person’s quality of life and supporting them to leave the streets for good. This can only be the case when that care is made available and accessible.
Our care homes
Sadly, many people experiencing homelessness can face chronic health problems, some of which may finally lead to palliative services or hospitals. Our Palliative Care service was set up in 2008 in partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care, and with original funding from the Department of Health.
We support clients to make informed choices about their care, as well as supporting staff and other clients affected by the psychological and emotional aspects of approaching the end of life. We also train staff to help them deal with end of life issues including bereavement support and identifying when a client may be dying.
An online toolkit: www.homelesspalliativecare.com – has been created by a unique research partnership between Pathway and the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research department (UCL) in collaboration with St Mungo’s and Coordinate My Care.