What is a Compassionate Community?
Compassionate Communities is an international movement which recognises that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services. Rather, it is everyone’s responsibility.
The Compassionate Communities approach builds capacity within individual communities to support people approaching the end of their lives. This public health approach not only applies to palliative care, but also ageing and all those living with a disability or a life-limiting condition.
Establishing a Compassionate Community requires a rethink about how care can be provided to people who are dying, with a focus on developing a network of care to support the person with a terminal illness and their carers.
The specifics of how a Compassionate Community works is different in every location, as the concept is tailored to harness existing resources and strengths to meet local needs.