Dying in the community


Planning for a Home Death

There are a number of things that will need to be considered when planning for a home death:
  • The specific needs of the dying person and their family.
  • Management of symptoms and care needs.
  • A way to record evidence of care as it is delivered.
  • Identification of cultural preferences.
  • Identification of advance care plans and or advance care directives.
  • Need for additional supports such as care workers, volunteers or specialist providers.
  • Identification of any equipment required.
  • Provision of contact details of appropriate services that will be needed in the event of change or crisis.
  • Provision of information about signs that death may be occurring.
  • Guidance for what to do following the death.
  • Provision of funeral service contact details.
More information can be found on the CareSearch website - Planning for a Home Death.

Symptom Assessment and Management

Working with the GP

Working with Families

Transferring to Hospital

After Death

Resources for Families and Carers



Page updated 23 May 2017


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