Not all people with a life limiting illness need specialist palliative care. Many people can be cared for at home, wherever that might be, and see specialist palliative care staff only every now and again when there is a need.
Being able to stay at home with a serious illness usually requires the help of family members or friends. Older people may be receiving palliative care alongside a homecare package or within a residential aged care facility.
A smaller group of patients and carers may have more complex needs and symptoms that need careful management. In this case there may be the continuing involvement of a specialist team and short or longer stays in a hospice or palliative care ward.